Choosing Between Windows Server 2008 R2 Editions

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted May 11, 2010


When it comes to choosing the right edition of Windows Server 2008 R2, the choice between the Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter editions depends on two major factors. According to this article on Windows IT Pro, those factors include he number of virtual machines (VMs) you intend to run and your high availability requirements.


How to choose the right edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 to best suit your needs.

"The next factor is the number of VMs. Standard Edition supports one physical OS and one virtual OS (VM), Enterprise supports one physical OS and four virtual OSs, and Datacenter supports one physical OS and an unlimited number of virtual OSs. Note that Standard and Enterprise are purchased on a per-server basis while Datacenter is purchased on a per-processor basis, and at least two processors (sockets) must be licensed on each server with Datacenter."

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