Windows Server Licensing for Virtual Environments | Windows OS Hub
There are 2 hosts so we require 2 copies of Windows Server Datacenter. The Standard edition is able to support an unlimited amount of users, as long as the required user licenses have been purchased. Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. We currently use Server standard on all physical servers. In other words, you license a host for the maximum number of Windows Server VMs that it could host. Back to Windows Server Section.
Windows Server Licensing in Environments with Windows VMs
The Windows Server R2 Datacenter edition is the flagship product created to meet the needs of medium to large enterprises. Microsoft Docs Windows Server technical documentation. The general rule of thumb is that if you are running more than 10 VMs and have an advanced hardware platform read datacenter then the datacenter edition will be a more cost-effective choice. Here you want to run a single host that has 1 CPU. We now have lots of hosts with lots of VMs flying all over the place. Windows Server Essentials edition is a cloud-connected first server designed for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices.