Last week, I wrote a story entitled Virtuozzo user avoids needless Windows Server licenses. Many of you wrote in to inform me that in fact, the Windows Server licenses that the subject had not purchased were in fact required under Microsoft licensing terms. In the words of one reader:
There is a lot of misinformation occurring specific to license reduction fees and Virtuozzo. I work for a Fortune 100 with an extremely strong VMware (ESX) presence and we too were initially enamored with the ability to reduce OS licensing fees.
Quite Simply – you need to pay for each virtualized (‘VPS’ in Virtuozzo speak) instance just like you would for separate Virtual Machines in the VMware World.
SWsoft used to tout that you only have to pay for the ‘parent’ Windows OS — that was until Microsoft gave them a ‘stern reprimand’. Today you will not find a single SWsoft employee or any verbiage on their site that indicates you only have to pay for one OS license.
The only exception to this is Microsoft Datacenter Edition. John Yanekian is in breach of license obligation with his current configuration if he has not licensed all of his VPS’s.
The story has since been updated and renamed. Thanks to everyone who pointed out this error.