Licensing Questions Thread, Licenses needed for SCVMM? in Technical; We are just getting together details of what we need to manage our soon to exist virtualised infrastructure.
This would ...
17th April 2012, 03:30 PM #1
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?
Last edited by localzuk; 17th April 2012 at 03:33 PM.
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18th April 2012, 11:03 AM #2
18th April 2012, 11:14 AM #3
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).
18th April 2012, 11:19 AM #4
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.
18th April 2012, 11:55 AM #5
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.
18th April 2012, 11:57 AM #6
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.
18th April 2012, 11:58 AM #7
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.
2 Thanks to localzuk:
chazzy2501 (18th April 2012), tmcd35 (7th December 2012)
18th April 2012, 12:01 PM #8
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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