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    Quick licencing question - Server 2012

    Quick licencing question for Windows server 2012...

    I have a server that has quad processors. As I understand it both Server 2012 datacentre and standard editions only support 2 processors per licence. Therefore I need 2 licences of whichever version I install. As I want to run 3 guest VMs on this machine I am intending to use standard version on the basis that I need 2 licences for the host OS and each of these gives me the right to run 2 guests OSs.

    Is that assumption correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavePa View Post
    Quick licencing question for Windows server 2012...

    I have a server that has quad processors. As I understand it both Server 2012 datacentre and standard editions only support 2 processors per licence. Therefore I need 2 licences of whichever version I install. As I want to run 3 guest VMs on this machine I am intending to use standard version on the basis that I need 2 licences for the host OS and each of these gives me the right to run 2 guests OSs.

    Is that assumption correct?
    Hi Dave,

    That is correct, both licenses are sold in 2 Proc Bundles and in a Quad CPU server you would require 2 of either SKU's.

    2 x Standard would be the cheapest way to do this to license the 3 VM's although if you are going to run a lot of machines, it maybe worth looking at Datacentre.

    A good guide is available here http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...ch_VLBrief.pdf

    Thanks,

    Ed

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    I would say go for datacentre, you can expand as you need too with the licence, so you are not limited. @VeryPC_Ed is right with that. So if you want to add say 2 more VMs in a years time for x reason, you would need to look at more licences anyway, better to have and not need than need and not have (I learnt from experience).l

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    I would say your assumption is correct.

    http://download.microsoft.com/downlo...sing_Guide.pdf

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    Thanks All, I thought that would be the case. At present we run a DC a file/print and a SQL server and that's what we are replicating onto the new server so 4 VMs should hopefully be enough, at least to start with.

    I actually have a 2nd identical server that also needs 2 OS licences but only needs to run 2 guests so between the 2 hosts I should have the capacity for 3 further VMs if required.

    I downloaded and read that PDF before asking the question so I was fairly confident of the answer but thought I ought to make sure
    Last edited by DavePa; 17th February 2014 at 01:27 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavePa View Post
    Thanks Ed, I thought that would be the case. At present we run a DC a file/print and a SQL server and that's what we are replicating onto the new server so 4 VMs should hopefully be enough, at least to start with.

    I actually downloaded and read that PDF before asking the question so I was fairly confident of the answer but thought I ought to make sure
    Hi Dave,

    No worries - always best to check with these things I find.

    I'm always amazed at the amount of people who should look before they leap - especially with Microsoft licensing as it can be a minefield!, so props to you for looking into it !

    Thanks,

    Ed

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    Hi All,

    I'm trying to get my head around this at the moment I'll be building two new servers, each probably hosting 3/4 virtual servers, should one server crash, the other should take over and host all machines. Both machines are 2 processor (E5-2665). Is the licencing per processor or per core? i.e for each server do I need 2 licences for datacentre or 8 licences one per core + 8 licences for hyper-threading? And if I just purchase standard licences do I need enough for each server to be able to host 7/8 machines? Arghhhhhh..... confused!

    Thanks for help in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmistry22 View Post
    Hi All,

    I'm trying to get my head around this at the moment I'll be building two new servers, each probably hosting 3/4 virtual servers, should one server crash, the other should take over and host all machines. Both machines are 2 processor (E5-2665). Is the licencing per processor or per core? i.e for each server do I need 2 licences for datacentre or 8 licences one per core + 8 licences for hyper-threading? And if I just purchase standard licences do I need enough for each server to be able to host 7/8 machines? Arghhhhhh..... confused!

    Thanks for help in advance.
    Windows licenses are per socket, not per core or thread. You need a windows license for every two sockets your server has.

    So if you have four processors with eight cores each, you have a 32 core server but you still only need two Windows licenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmistry22 View Post
    Hi All,

    I'm trying to get my head around this at the moment I'll be building two new servers, each probably hosting 3/4 virtual servers, should one server crash, the other should take over and host all machines. Both machines are 2 processor (E5-2665). Is the licencing per processor or per core? i.e for each server do I need 2 licences for datacentre or 8 licences one per core + 8 licences for hyper-threading? And if I just purchase standard licences do I need enough for each server to be able to host 7/8 machines? Arghhhhhh..... confused!

    Thanks for help in advance.
    Hi Rmistry,

    Essentially you are looking at a Failover Cluster so you will need to license both nodes with Windows Server O/S

    Both SKU's - Standard and Datacentre are licensed per Processor and sold in 2 Processor Bundles.

    You need to license the sockets so in your case you will need 1 x Datacentre License per Node.

    See this for more information - http://download.microsoft.com/downlo..._Datasheet.pdf

    Thanks,

    Ed
    Last edited by VeryPC_Ed; 26th February 2014 at 03:53 PM.

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