That really is good to hear.
"Businesses are taking steps to make their IT operations more dynamic and are delving into virtualization as a cornerstone strategy..."
I.e. "Crap! Self-contained Linux-based VMs can be easily distributed without worrying about licensing, we'd better sort something out sharpish or half our revenue will disappear in 5 years time..."
I think it's more to do with the fact that hyper-v is starting to be slightly useful.
let me get this straight, I can Install server 2003 on microsoft vm and not have to purchase a licence?
If you migrate machines between multiple hosts, under the current licenses you *could* need as many licenses as you have servers that may run it despite only running one copy at any one time.
So for my blades I would need 6 copies of Exchange, but that would only cover one running instance.
EDIT: For anyone reading this in the future - Does NOT apply to Windows server OS :(
Do these license changes mean I can now have 4 copies of Windows Server running on each machine, or if one machines conks out I can have 8 copies all running on one machine? Do the license changes apply to copies of Server bought before the license changed, do you think?
Oh dear. Glad I went with datacenter!
This is accomplished by allowing customers to reassign licenses freely across servers within a server farm. The changes apply to software licenses for certain server applications and all external connector (EC) licenses. In these cases, the limitation on short-term (90 days or less) license reassignment is waived. This change does not apply to software licenses for the Windows Server® operating system, Client Access Licenses (CALs), or Management Licenses (MLs). This change applies only to licenses acquired under a Volume Licensing program. It does not apply to licenses acquired through other retail sources.