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    Licenses needed for SCVMM?

    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?
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    Anyone?

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    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).

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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