Microsoft Datacenter Server – OS Installation and Licensing

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Server virtualization
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Windows Server 2008 DataCenter
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server Licensing
If you have a Datacenter 2008 license, are you allowed to install Microsoft Server Enterprise 2008 (or 2003) as the "primary server OS" on a physical box(server) instead of the Datacenter OS product?

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I believe it is 1 physical server per license.

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  • Spadasoe
    If you mean can you install Enterprise instead of datacenter, MS licenssing generally provdes you down level rights for server OS. You can also downgrade to 2003 Datacenter.
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  • Brijesh
    You can able to upgrade Datacenter 2008 to 2012. But install Microsoft Server Enterprise 2008 (or 2003) on server is not possible.
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