Can you help me with my software licensing question?
This question would be for anyone that has downloaded from MSDN Windows Server 2008 R2 Data Centre edition and set it up in a Hyper-V / VM environment (Note: this is for a development/testing (non-production) environment!).
I see if you purchase the Data Centre edition you get unlimited virtual images, where as if you purchase Enterprise you get licenses for the host + 4VM instances. (taken from this comparison chart)
I know with MSDN you get 'x' keys for each instance of the O/S that you can download (is it 5 or 10 for 2008 Server?). So taking it to the extreme I am wondering if you could install 10 instances of the data centre edition and have each one running 20 virtual instances? As long as it's not being used for production then that would be OK.
To put this in context, we are looking to set up a virtualised development environment that may have the requirement for 5 instances. We are wondering if that would need 5 keys (one for each instance) or could it be done through a single Data Center installation?)
Hopefully that makes sense. As MSDN allows you to set up for development / testing this does feel like something common.