We are just getting together details of what we need to manage our soon to exist virtualised infrastructure.
This would be 3 x hardware boxes running Hyper V basically.
So, what licenses do I need for this?
Or, have I got this wrong - what tool is it to manage Hyper V installations centrally?
Last edited by localzuk; 17th April 2012 at 02:33 PM.
depending on how many VMs you wish to run on each host (and how many sockets each host has) you'll need enterprise or datacenter licenses for the 3 boxes. You'll have to buy System Centre and then a SERVER CAL for each VM you're running. (not included with EES if you're using that).
Couldn't say how many VMs we'll be running, but 20 across the 3 wouldn't be a stretch. They'd all be dual processor boxes.
So you're saying I have to license every VM?? That's ridiculous to say the least - the entire point of virtualisation is flexibility, having to license individual virtual hosts for their mere management removes the flexibility.
For anyone else interested, I spoke to a reseller and they've explained that they've changed it a bit now.
Instead of needing individual licenses for different components of System Centre, it makes sense to buy 'System Center Data Center' licenses for each server you're using as a physical host. Each one of these licenses covers 2 processors, so if you have dual processor boxes, you need a single license for each.
The Data center license covers unlimited virtualised hosts on each machine also.
well each VM running Windows server would need it own server licence but they're not expensive. I have 4 datacentre licences at 82.94 each (1 for each of my 4 sockets across 2 hosts) this covers me for 12 VMs.
system centre mananger costs about £35 and server cals cost about £25 each. workstation cals are included in ESS desktop package.
Indeed, I haven't included that here as that's a separate issue in my mind. I've already specced up datacentre licenses for each server (1 per socket).
A datacenter license for system centre manager costs around £133 for unlimited VMs.
phew, I hadn't gotten around to buying system centre yet (next years wish list) I'll look at the unlimited license.
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