So here I am in Ghent in Belgium and a customer that I was with was talking about SWsoft Virtuozzo and the licence costs around the product! I looked at them and went hmmmmmmm I know just the article!
Licensing Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 to Run with Virtualization Technologies. I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of a certain company complaining that we license Windows differently for Virtual Server and third party virtualization. That’s simply not true and this document spells out the licensing most clearly. This document covers VMware ESX Server, VMware VMotion, SWsoft Virtuozzo, and Microsoft System Center Virtualization Machine Manager. This document also Intentionally compares VMotion, System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Microsoft Host Clustering (AKA Quick Migration) to build awareness with VMware customers that we have similar management and “VM movement” capabilities.
Check out the core document!!! : http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/a/a/7aa89a8b-bf4d-446b-a50c-c9b00024df33/Windows_Server_2003_R2.docx
“Microsoft details Windows licensing for 3rd party virtualization platforms” blog: http://www.virtualization.info/2007/06/microsoft-details-windows-licensing-for.html