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Microsoft Builds on Windows Server Datacenter Edition’s High Availability with Virtualization

Ben Armstrong reminds us about the announcement now in effect about the fact that the Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition now has use rights to run unlimited virtualization Windows server instances.  Check it out!

At Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Boston today, Andy Lees, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Server and Tools Marketing, announced several updates for Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition effective October 1, 2006, including the following:

  • Availability through volume licensing: For the first time, customers will be able to license Windows Server Datacenter Edition on their Microsoft Volume Licensing agreement from Microsoft resellers and account managers.


  • More options to license from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs): Customers will be able to purchase Windows Server Datacenter Edition preinstalled on servers with two to 64 processors with or without the Datacenter High Availability Program.


  • Unlimited virtualization rights: Starting October 1, 2006, new servers licensed with Windows Server Datacenter Edition (and previous licenses with new version rights) will have license rights to run an unlimited number of virtualized Windows Server instances. By simply licensing the server’s processors with Windows Server Datacenter Edition, customers will be able to run Windows Server Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, Datacenter Edition or a mix of the three editions without having to track the number of virtual machines or pay for additional Windows Server licenses.

Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition is optimized for enterprises requiring the highest levels of scalability and availability. The Datacenter Edition enables critical solutions for databases, ERP, high-volume and real-time transaction processing, and server consolidation. The high-end Windows Server scales up to 64 processors and to 1 terabyte of RAM, and supports 8-node clustering.

Read more, here.

Published Tuesday, October 03, 2006 7:15 AM by David Marshall
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