Virtualization is fun but it can cause legal problems if you don’t look at your vendors rules for licensing.

As the world turns to virtual computing, the need for hardware reduces. People might think “OH BOY, I can purchase one copy of the OS and use it for as many virtual machines as I want.  After all I am running it on the same computer!”

It would be great if that was the case but Microsoft obviously doesn’t want to loose money. They have changed the rules about virtualizing their operating systems and some of their products. Some cases, they are nice while others?….

If you plan to use Microsoft in the world of virtual machines, you should review their licensing guide lines.

Microsoft Volume Licensing and Virtualization

In fact, you should review them from time to time as they do change.

One area often overlooked are the client access licensing.   You will need them.