Can you help me with my software licensing question?
So simple enough question really, I hope. I'm a little confused by Microsoft's licencing, go figure eh.
I'm maybe looking at providing Hyper-V virtual machines for rental, that is hosting them for rent by customers. Much like you'd get your own VPS from a provider.
Well, I realise with my model I should go with Windows 2008 DataCentre Edition licences, that's the easy bit. My question is do I require External Connector licences (EC), for external users?
If I do, is it per physical machine or per virtual machine/container?
It's very hard to determine this from Microsoft's published documents. They say if the customer/partner is accessing/authenticating to your network then for each server they can access an EC licence is required. Does this though apply to only active directory systems or?
Basically, if I setup all customer's VMs as workgroup servers, just like a VPS I rent, is then a EC licence required. In a nut shell, yes they may be accessing the server/network where the VPS is but they are not specifically autheticating against servers. Essentially this VM is "theirs".