Licensing virtual machines: Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter edition?

Licensing remains a difficult problem in today’s virtual infrastructure. Some things are easy to understand and some are not. After visiting a session on Microsoft licensing one day, I heard a number of new things that I wanted to share with you. I will give you a few definitions used in Microsoft licensing and a number of examples.

My most important sources can be found here: Microsoft Volume Licensing, I’m giving you a summary of the most important parts*.

*Disclaimer: Remember that I’m not using any legal talk to explain things, so when the Business Software Alliance is on your doorstep, you can’t say, “I did it because Gabe told me to.

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