Windows Server 2008R2 Enterprise VM rights
Me and my Development Manager have been doing our yearly license count, and an interesting question has arisen.
According to 2 suppliers, the Windows Svr 2008R2 Enterprise licence covers the host and 4 VM's (if the Host OS only supports the VM's on it), but what we didn't know, is that is the maximum amount of VM's allowed, we can't install as many Linux Vm's as we want on top for example, without buying more Windows 2008R2 Enterprise licences to add another 4 VM's. The 4 instance is for windows and linux.
This sounds absurd to me, I would have thought the 4 instance is for Windows Server, and if we wanted to run a bunch of Red Hats or Ubuntus, we should be able to under there respective licences.
Anyone want to confirm or deny this? Or even(hopefully) have some official MS documentation to the contrary or to confirm. Everything I can find for R2, is ambiguous at best and makes mention of non-windows servers, but no definitive, you can do this or you can't.
This has really annoyed me, I now have to move my little support linux VM's to other older servers, running hyper-visors that are free!
My 3 R710's with their 72GB of RAM, now sit happily running 4 VM's each, hardly even breaking a sweat!
And yes, we will probably licence Datacenter next year, instead of Enterprise, but I've seen some other ambiguous documents saying that DC is not available for single processor servers! :( It never ends!