From everything I've read on a high volume guest OS host, Datacenter edition will bring down your operational costs significantly. The question I have is how do you register the processors on the ESX host with the Datacenter Edition software? Those processors are gistered with ESX right? Or does just having the datacenter guest on the host do the trick?
Would you also need to implement KMS to pull this off properly?
Thanks to any responders.
The datacenter Edition is a good option if you are averaging at least 8VM's per server. If running less look into Enterprise licenses. Take a look at this Virtual machine licensing calculator.
My question is more along the technical side than the cost side. How do you license a ESX physcial processor's for use by a datacenter edition VM. Or does it work on the honor system like many of MS's enterprise level (VL) software? Or is his where KMS would come into play?