Microsoft Volume Licensing Brief: Licensing Microsoft Server Products in Virtual Environments

Details and Examples for the Server Licensing Models and Clarifications
for Specific Products are included for:

  • II.a. – License by Running Instance
  • Moving Instances of Software
  • Reassigning a Software License
  • External Connector Licenses (ECs) Licensed Per Server, Not Per Instance or OSE
  • Device Client Access Licenses (CALs) Licensed Per Device, Not Per OSE on that Device
  • Management Licenses Licensed Per Managed OSE or Per User
  • Per Processor Products Licensed by Virtual Processor When Used in Virtual OSEs
  • Run Multiple Instances of Windows Server 2008 R2 on a Server under a Single License
  • Run Any Number of Instances of Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter on a Server Licensed by Physical Processors

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