[Openstack] Windows licensing (reprise)

Carl Perry caperry at edolnx.net
Sat Jul 13 03:14:52 UTC 2013

IANAL, but this link from Microsoft makes it sound like Windows Server 
Standard will work for your case:


(Sorry for the terrible link - here is a shorter one http://bit.ly/1bwce9l )

 From what I read, it appears you can run two Windows VMs for every 
standard license. I would strongly suggest running that by your legal 
team before taking my word.


On 07/12/2013 07:35 PM, JR wrote:
> Greetings,
> I know that this topic has been touched upon in another forum thread 
> (http://www.mail-archive.com/openstack@lists.launchpad.net/msg20032.html)
> but I'd like to get the community's feedback on what I've been told 
> about windows licensing on openstack by our IT people, who've had 
> calls with MS.
> Apparently, there is no way to license a single windows VM running on 
> openstack.  The only way to legally (!)  license windows in a cloud is 
> to buy a datacenter license. This license which would apply to each 
> physical compute node.  Let's say that the cost for that license is 
> $4600.  In our environment, since we need high availability and any 
> particular windows VM would need to run on any of our 4 compute nodes, 
> we'd be in ~$18400.  The above would allow us to run an unlimited 
> number of windows OSes.
> The problem, for us, is that we only need to run a few odd, but 
> critical windows instances.  $18400 is pretty steep and we'd love to 
> just pay for the VMs individually.  Does anyone know how to do that?  
> Is it obvious to anyone that my information is (obviously) incorrect?
> Thanks much,
> JR
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