Server 2012 OEM/OL and CAL Licencing Scenario - Help RRS feed

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  • Hi,

    I do IT for a small business and have chosen to move the company down a virtual high availability setup with 2 physical servers with a SAN.

    The 2 physical server each have 2 processors running at most ~8 VM's, we are about to purchase 5 copies of Server 2012 Standard.

    The VM's will solely be running on one server but in the event that the main server fails and all services are migrated over to the second server will we be in breach of Microsoft licensing agreement if we run OEM software instead of Open License software? that also begs the question, will we require an entire 2nd set of CAL's as the software is running on the 2nd server not the initial server which the CAL's were purchased for?

    1. Essentially are OEM keys good for High Availability redundancy setups? Should we go Open License?

    2. Are CAL's Hardware assigned?

    If anyone has had a similar scenario help would be greatly appreciated. :)

    • Edited by Hypn0tik Wednesday, October 10, 2012 4:23 AM spelling
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 4:22 AM