Microsoft Datacenter Server – OS Installation and Licensing

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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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This blog has a great explanation of <a href=”http://msmvps.com/blogs/virtualreality/archive/2009/04/01/hyper-v-licensing-explained.aspx”>windows server licensing</a> . I believe it is 1 physical server per license. Also you can look at the<a href=”http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/how-to-buy.aspx”> Microsoft Licensing</a> Guide for help

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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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