Yesterday Microsoft announced new licensing to make Virtualization scenarios easier and more cost effective to implement. There are 4 parts to the announcement:
- Licensing will be by running instance, allowing customers to store an unlimited number of instances at no additional cost, and only pay for those running.
- Customers can move instances between physical boxes, providing the box is licensed for the product.
- Per-processing licensing can be licensed by the number of physical processes used.
- Windows 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition and Windows Server Longhorn Datacentre will allow customers to run up to 4 virtual instances on one physical server at no additional cost.
This should give customers greater flexibility and reduced cost when deploying Windows Server System solutions.
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