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vmware server licensing tip

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by dales, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

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    Hi all, Came across a little tip over the weekend, im sure most of you know it but I thought I'd post it here anyway.

    For those of you who purchase software licenses for your company and have some kind of virtualized infrastructure its worth considering purchasing server 2008 enterprise edition when you want a new server license. This is because the enterprise version allows you to run 4 guest OS's (any server version from NT4 upwards) on any Host OS. So whilst this is predominately aimed at using 2008 hypervisor to runs guest OS's if you have VMware or Citrix virtualization you could use the license for that as well.

    Now at present where I purchase licenses from where we would normally purchase the server STD editions if we buy enterprise versions we would be saving approx 300 quid which is nearly buy 3 get 1 free.
     
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  2. NWDaddy

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    I seem to recall that Microsoft are skating the fine line between customer incentives and illegal anti-competition practices. If you read their agreement you'll see that they are only offering these benefits to those using Microsoft Virtual Server.

    They even offer unlimited instances of Windows 2003 STD, Windows 2003 Enterprise, and Windows 2003 Data Centre Edition if you purchase a copy of Data Centre Edition (as many instances as you can fit on a single physical box).
     
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  3. dales

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  5. Phoenix
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    It does not matter which platform you use
    and Datacenter provides unlimited virtualization rights
    so its worth checking the break even points between enterprise and datacenter

    its not a big leap, remember Datacenter is CHEAPER than enterprise, but is licensed per processor, so a 2 processor box is cheaper than buying two enterprise licenses, which would of given you licenses for the two enterprise editions + 4 virtual instances each for a total of 10
    if you can get more than 10 boxes on a system, DC is the way to go (provided its green field and you dont have a ton of existing licenses)
     
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  6. NWDaddy

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    Sorry guys, could have sworn I read that Microsoft was using licensing to give itself a boost in the virtualisation stakes. I remembered reading about Data Centre Edition and thinking that was a sweet deal.
     
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  7. Phoenix
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    They provide a similar licencing model for some of their system center management products

    one base license (around $1500 i believe) gives you useage for SCCM, SCOM, SCVMM and one or two others I think, and if applied to a virtual server host allows you to use the software for every virtual machine, very nice deal!
     
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  8. dales

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    Thanks for advice Phoenix, I had not even thought about datacenter ed, just discounted it imediately as probably too expensive.
     
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  9. Phoenix
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    it depends how you look at it
    it has a CHEAPER list price than ENT
    but its per processor not per server
    so that can come into play
    but lets be fair, a Dual Quad core system can run a lot more than 10 VMs on most days
    ;)
     
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