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Windows Server 2008R2 Licensing??? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm trying to find the licensing info for Server 2008R2.

    When I was studying for the 70-410 test, the training video I used mentioned that Server 2012R2 as well as 2008R2 allowed for 1 license to run 2 virtual OS as long as the Physical Server was only a management server.  

    When I did some more research, and so far I only found information dating to 2010, is that Server 2008R2 is only a 1 license to run 1 virtual OS.  So what is the licensing policy right now for Server 2008R2? 

    Thursday, July 21, 2016 7:14 PM

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  • Hi,

    Server 2008R2 allows you to run 1 Physical host with 1 VM running 2008R2 (as long as the host isn't doing anything else) you are allowed to run other VMs on the host but each of their guest operating systems must be licensed.

    To clarify something you must license the number of windows operating system environments in use not the number of actual VMs, you could run an unlimited number of Linux VMs on there without having to purchase additional licenses.

    Server 2012 (& 2012R2) provide 1 Physical license and 2 VM licenses as long as the host is not doing anything else.

    so for a couple examples:

    1) You own 1 Physical Computer, 1x 2008R2 License, 1x 2012 License
    You installed Server 2008R2 on the Physical Hardware & installed Hyper-V
    you are allowed 1x 2008R2 VM & 2x 2012 VMs

    2) You own 1 Physical Computer, 2x 2008R2 License, 1x 2012 License
    You installed Server 2008R2 on the Physical Hardware & installed Hyper-V
    you are allowed 2x 2008R2 VM & 2x 2012 VMs

    3) You own 1 Physical Computer, 1x 2008R2 License, 1x 2012 License
    You installed Server 2012 on the Physical Hardware & installed Hyper-V
    you are allowed 1x 2008R2 VM & 2x 2012 VMs

    4) You own 1 Physical Computer, 1x 2008R2 License
    You installed Server 2008R2 on the Physical Hardware & installed Hyper-V
    you are allowed 1x 2008R2 VM

    5) You own 1 Physical Computer, 1x 2012 License
    You installed Server 2012 on the Physical Hardware & installed Hyper-V
    you are allowed 2x 2012 VMs


    • Proposed as answer by Daniel Caulfield Thursday, December 22, 2016 5:21 PM
    • Edited by Daniel Caulfield Thursday, December 22, 2016 5:23 PM added clarification to VMs/OSE Licenses
    Thursday, December 22, 2016 5:21 PM
  • Hi Parrothead72.

    Assuming you are talking about standard.

    For 2008 or 2008R2 = 1 Physical + 1 VM (the same version of your main license)

    For 2012 = 1 Physical 2012 + 2 VMs (2008, 2008R2 or 2012)

    For 2012R2 = 1 Physical 2012r2 + 2 VMs (2008, 2008R2 or 2012, 2012R2)

    Regards.

    Nathan


    an2nathan

    Wednesday, January 4, 2017 4:51 AM
  • Hi Parrothead72.

    Assuming you are talking about standard.

    For 2008 or 2008R2 = 1 Physical + 1 VM (the same version of your main license)

    For 2012 = 1 Physical 2012 + 2 VMs (2008, 2008R2 or 2012)

    For 2012R2 = 1 Physical 2012r2 + 2 VMs (2008, 2008R2 or 2012, 2012R2)

    Regards.

    Nathan


    an2nathan

    Hi Nathan, 

    This is not entirely correct, you only have downgrade rights if you have a volume license agreement or usually OEM licenses, a Retail license does not allow downgrade rights.

    Wednesday, January 4, 2017 9:34 PM
  • yes you are right!

    an2nathan

    Wednesday, January 4, 2017 9:53 PM