Month: January 2010

Microsoft: Giving away the server farms

For those of you with a large number of servers, Microsoft has made some changes in its licensing in the past year to accommodate virtualization. You can license by server farm, instead of by server. Microsoft customers are able to reassign licenses freely across servers within that server farm, but only for certain server applications. It does not apply to software licenses for the Windows Server operating system, Client Access Licenses (CALs), User Subscription Licenses (USLs), Device Subscription Licenses (DSLs), […]

Knowing your Peak Capacity

One important rule in server licensing (especially in the Microsoft environment) is understanding your peak capacity. Very simply, you must be licensed for the maximum usage of your server – the maximum number of running instances. Even if you, for example, only ever need one instance, but there is a possibility at some point there will be two instances run on that server at the same time – it needs to be licensed for two. The number of instances that […]

Virtualization Licensing Tip: Parallels’ Virtuozzo

When using Parallels’ Virtuozzo on a single physical server, silos are created (running instances  that act as the host operating system). Because of this, Virtuozzo is unable to run more than one edition of Windows Server on the physical server. With some products, Microsoft will allow you to run different editions of Server 2008 on different Operating System Environments (OSEs), but in the case of Virtuozzo, you (obviously) cannot take advantage of this. If you are running all instances through […]

Client Access Licenses (CALs) and External Connectors

With most Microsoft servers in a virtualized environment, there are two types of licenses that you can, and in some cases must, acquire – Client Access Licenses (CAL) and External Connectors (EC). The requirements for both are the same – one is required for each device that accesses an instance of server software. This can be on either a physical or virtual server. For example, if you have an employee who needs access to the physical server on some occasions […]

Virtualization Licensing Tip: VMware’s ESX

If you have implemented VMware’s ESX on your server as the core virtualization technology, a license is required for every instance running in the virtual environment. If you have only assigned one license to Windows Server 2008 Standard while using ESX, you may only run one instance of the software at a time. Windows Server 2008 cannot be deployed as the operating system in the physical environment since ESX takes its place. If you have the Enterprise version – you […]

Virtualization Rights: Windows Server 2008 Datacenter

Datacenter is the ultimate package – you must license every physical processor in a server, but then you are allowed to run the software in the physical environment and an unlimited number of virtual environments on the licensed server. You are also granted an unlimited number of simultaneous running instances on a licensed server. This makes licensing much easier to deal with as you don’t have to track instances across your servers and worry about being under-licensed. You are also […]

Virtualization Rights: Windows Server 2008 Enterprise

The enterprise version of Windows Server 2008 differs from the Standard version because it grants you the right to run the software on one server in one physical operating environment with up to four simultaneous virtual environments instead of only one virtual environment.

Compliance Validation Best Practices

Get it in writing. Get all assumptions clarified and then confirmed in writing. You don’t want to assume anything and any discussion or email in which you are getting the best leverage should be mentioned in detail within your agreement. We see a lot of our clients – even the largest Oracle enterprise – treat emails and verbal discussions as legally binding agreements, which is untrue in the case of an Oracle software licensing agreement. It is not up to […]

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