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License Server CPU count for one socket servers

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I searched the community but didn't find any solution or similar findings. Maybe it's so trivial... Smiley Happy

So the question is about License Server (Macrovision FlexLM) and how it deliveres licenses to the hosts.

We use vCenter Server v2.5 Update 3 and License Server is running on same hardware. All ESX hosts are v3.5 and Update levels varies from Update 2 to Update 4. In this thread () David Weinstein is telling with an example how number of CPU's are consumed from the License Server.

You can use 16 CPU Enterprise License "package" in different ways:

  • 2 servers with 8 CPU sockets populated = 2*8 = 16 CPU's from the License Server

  • 4 servers with 4 CPU sockets populated = 4*4 = 16 CPU's from the License Server

  • 8 servers with 2 CPU sockets populated = 8*2 = 16 CPU's from the License Server

Or you can do any combination to fill out the 16 CPU's:

  • 1 server with 4 CPU sockets populated + 1 server with 8 CPU sockets populated + 2 servers with 2 CPU sockets populated = 484 = 16 CPU's from the License Server

So far everything is ok and understandable, but when you add one socket servers to the soup things gets interesting. One socket servers consume only 1 CPU from the License Server and that is ok from the Licensing Server point of view.

QUESTION(S):

  1. Is one ESX Enterprise license (up to two CPU sockets) entitled to split into two one socket servers?

  2. If not and one ESX Enterprise license (up to two CPU sockets) is tied into one physical host and it's one socket server, how should the License Server deliver CPU's from the license pool? CPU's in pairs?

  3. Any good way to ask a report where the License Server's delivered number of CPU's is matching with one, two, four or eight socket servers? Or is there any good 3rd party tool for that?

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Subatomic
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Here's a link to VMware Single Processor Licensing Policy

http://www.vmware.com/download/eula/single_processor.html

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AndreTheGiant
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Is one ESX Enterprise license (up to two CPU sockets) entitled to split into two one socket servers?

Yes (as I know, but I'm not a commercial), but only when you use a license server (using centralized license you have a dynamical management).

Any good way to ask a report where the License Server's delivered number of CPU's is matching with one, two, four or eight socket servers? Or is there any good 3rd party tool for that?

You can look in VC / Administration / License

Or on each ESX.

Note that VC Foundation can only manage 3 node. So your assertion are valid only if you use VC "standard".

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Subatomic
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"Is one ESX Enterprise license (up to two CPU sockets) entitled to split into two one socket servers?"

- Yes you can technically do this, but this is an unsupported configuration.

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Subatomic
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Here's a link to VMware Single Processor Licensing Policy

http://www.vmware.com/download/eula/single_processor.html

If the comments were useful, please consider awarding points for helpful or correct.

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TomHowarth
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We use vCenter Server v2.5 Update 3 and License Server is running on same hardware. All ESX hosts are v3.5 and Update levels varies from Update 2 to Update 4. In this thread () David Weinstein is telling with an example how number of CPU's are consumed from the License Server.

You can use 16 CPU Enterprise License "package" in different ways:

  • 2 servers with 8 CPU sockets populated = 2*8 = 16 CPU's from the License Server

  • 4 servers with 4 CPU sockets populated = 4*4 = 16 CPU's from the License Server

  • 8 servers with 2 CPU sockets populated = 8*2 = 16 CPU's from the License Server

Or you can do any combination to fill out the 16 CPU's:

  • 1 server with 4 CPU sockets populated + 1 server with 8 CPU sockets populated + 2 servers with 2 CPU sockets populated = 484 = 16 CPU's from the License Server

So far everything is ok and understandable, but when you add one socket servers to the soup things gets interesting. One socket servers consume only 1 CPU from the License Server and that is ok from the Licensing Server point of view.

QUESTION(S):

  1. Is one ESX Enterprise license (up to two CPU sockets) entitled to split into two one socket servers?

Yes it is, since U2 that has been an authorised usage for a FlexLM based licensing model

  1. If not and one ESX Enterprise license (up to two CPU sockets) is tied into one physical host and it's one socket server, how should the License Server deliver CPU's from the license pool? CPU's in pairs?

not an issue, as it is a authorised usage.

  1. Any good way to ask a report where the License Server's delivered number of CPU's is matching with one, two, four or eight socket servers? Or is there any good 3rd party tool for that?

not that I know off. the usage report only states actual usage it does not breakdown how the licenses are being utilised.

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Tom Howarth VCP / VCAP / vExpert
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markok
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Thanks for pointing out that policy. Now it's clear to me.

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