You continue to license clients for the highest version of Windows Server that they use.
They are getting a very cheap server that requires no CALs, and thats a nice first-server starting point for a cash-strapped small business.Anyone running either Web (only) or HPC workloads (only) on their servers do not require CALs.You cant license 20 VMs with Standard Edition and VMotion/DRS them about every 5 minutes mobility rules say you can move them once every 90 days because legally you license the host and use the virtualisation rights of that Standard SKU to license the VMs.I do not envision that being a problem because Ive never seen Standard installed on anything more than 2 CPUs.Windows Server 2008 R2 HPS Edition.Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard.OEM is tied to the machine thats why its cheaper.For Those Without Software Assurance What if you dont have Software Assurance on your servers?They are shown to give an indication of past and present. .
Before you make any decisions, read Microsofts original text (URL to be added) and then check with LAR or reseller and check with another reseller if yours is a VMware fanboy because Im sure they might have eaten the FUD.
Edit#2: Windows Storage Server Ive just had it confirmed by Microsoft that there will be a Windows Storage Server 2012, giving us 5 SKUs going forward.The licensing couldnt be simpler in the data centre.That means if you buy 1 copy of Datacenter for a 2 CPU host (any virtualisation) and you get unlimited installations of Windows Server 2012 or lower (any edition) for unlimited VMs on that host no changes there!They both come with all the scalability and all the features, including Hyper-V.If you have Software Assurance on Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on edition, you will receive one Windows Server 2012 Standard edition license and one SQL Server 2012 Standard edition license.Attend my presentations more often and/or nuclear physics by irving kaplan pdf add my site to your RSS feeds because I told you so!2008 R2 Enterprise cost 2,358 and 2 copies of WS2012 Standard costs 1,764.I know i can enable Telnet through Turn Windows Features On or Off but i wanted to know if i could do it through the command line.Enterprise came with all the same features and scalability, with a limit of technical limit of 8 CPUs in the physical server.