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    Server 2008 r2 Number of licences 3/50 Can I use more

    on the microsoft licencing website i have found my server 2008r2 enterprise licence key but it says i have 3/50 activation /seats

    I got the enterprise version so i could use hyper v and use the 4 licences that come with it for my vms is this correct?

    can i use this licence on another server or does it have to be on my host for the vms

    im a little confused by the 3/50 bit can anyone shed any light on this for me please possibly @Millgate might be able to help
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    I think its per server so a virtual machine would use another license.

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    why 50 though i thought i could use up to 4

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    In the volume licence centre no matter how many licences you have physically bought there will be x amount of activations for that mak key available.

    It doesn't mean you can legally install it 50 times.

    Ben

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    ah im good for another 47 complete system crashes and reinstalls before MS get on my back.


    is it right that enterprise server 2008r2 lets me use upto 3 vms without purchasing a new license
    i need to dig out the paper work
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    They give you lots of slack - under EES you can add server (and other products) during the year but only have to declare how many you are actually using at renewal. It's good for testing new systems...

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    You must use the licensed server to host the VMs

    The activations displayed are for the remaining MAK or KMS activations … 47 activations left after which you'll will be required to contact Microsoft for more

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    The way it works on the enterprise license(which doesn't exist anymore, as you have to get 2012 Standards or DataCentre now on EES), is that you are allowed 3 VM's on the host if the host does other work other than just being a hyper-v host, if the host is only doing hyper-v hosting, nothing else, then you can install 4 VM's.

    And here's the other kicker, its not just Windows VM's for the limit, ie the 3/4 limit is for any operating system, so you can't install 3/4 Windows server VM's and loads of little linux ones. The limit is for any OS.

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    Well that's an eye opener.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAWJames View Post
    The way it works on the enterprise license(which doesn't exist anymore, as you have to get 2012 Standards or DataCentre now on EES), is that you are allowed 3 VM's on the host if the host does other work other than just being a hyper-v host, if the host is only doing hyper-v hosting, nothing else, then you can install 4 VM's.

    And here's the other kicker, its not just Windows VM's for the limit, ie the 3/4 limit is for any operating system, so you can't install 3/4 Windows server VM's and loads of little linux ones. The limit is for any OS.

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    I don't think that is correct, besides linux is unstable as anything under hyper-v so why would you want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAWJames View Post
    The way it works on the enterprise license(which doesn't exist anymore, as you have to get 2012 Standards or DataCentre now on EES), is that you are allowed 3 VM's on the host if the host does other work other than just being a hyper-v host, if the host is only doing hyper-v hosting, nothing else, then you can install 4 VM's.

    And here's the other kicker, its not just Windows VM's for the limit, ie the 3/4 limit is for any operating system, so you can't install 3/4 Windows server VM's and loads of little linux ones. The limit is for any OS.

    James
    How can MS licences restrict the number of Linux guest vm's you can install that's daft? Link to some documentation please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAWJames View Post

    And here's the other kicker, its not just Windows VM's for the limit, ie the 3/4 limit is for any operating system, so you can't install 3/4 Windows server VM's and loads of little linux ones. The limit is for any OS.
    Sources please????

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    I am looking for the sources we got the info from, when we came across this. I was adamant that MS couldn't stop us installing linux, but their definition of a VOS in 2008R2 includes any operating system.

    Let me search my email for the proof our development manager found to shoot me down and then I will post it.

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