SBS 2011 standard licensing RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    We are about to order 2 new physical servers with VMWare ESX + VMotion for a customer and a iscsi disks bay attached to the servers by ethernet cable.

    The idea is to run all virtual servers on 2 physical servers, and the vmdk files of the servers will be saved on the disk bay. The customer has

    • a main branch with different servers (main domain Windows Server 2003 to upgrade to windows server 2008 R2 ip range1) and
    • an autonomous branch (separate domain with SBS 2003 to migrate to 2011 ip range2 totaly out of the scope of range1).

    Our question is related to the new licence of the SBS 2011 we can provide?

    • OEM ??? > because it is brand new physical servers, we could supply the SBS2011 standard OEM and virtualize it. Is it acceptable at licence point of view? OEM is less expensive. The sticker with the code will be stick on one of the two servers and we will not use the VMotion feature on the SBS2011, means we will not move the virtual server from one physical server to the other.
    • Or do we have to stick the sticker on the disks bay? because the vmdk installation file will be saved there.
    • Full ??? (means not oem) this option is more expensive,
    • Do we need specific virtualization installation code? (like in SBS2008 OEM if I am wrong, we were having a sticker with 2 codes on it for physical and for virtual).
    • Does SBS2011 standard OEM can be virtualized?

    Of course we would like to comply with licence agreement, but if can save some money it is good too.

    We google a lot and could not find any explanation covering our case. Any advices from Microsoft Licence Expert are welcome



    Thursday, October 13, 2011 2:30 PM


  • Hi Philippe, for licensing questions, you can call 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist.

    Worldwide customers can use the Guide to Worldwide Microsoft Licensing Sites
    to find contact information in their locations.

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    Friday, October 14, 2011 2:53 AM