Virtualizing licensing relaxed

On January 21, 2008, in news, by

» Microsoft (finally) broadens Windows Vista virtualization rules | All about Microsoft |

Good, I’m not in violation of licensing anymore as I’ve been virtualizing Vista home premium for patch testing for a while now.

(I guess it’s okay to admit that in public now?)


3 Responses to Virtualizing licensing relaxed

  1. Chris Knight says:

    No, it’s never a good time to announce licensing violations.

    Though to be honest it can be exceptionally difficult – especially with MS product – to know exactly how you’re to use the software in a compliant manner. The eyes can very quickly glaze over when reading most EULAs.

    The virtualisation relaxation I’d like to see is being able to run the XP/Vista licenses in the Action Pack under virtualisation. As they’re upgrade licenses, the only way I can see to do this is by having retail OS licenses to assign to the VM prior to the Action Pack XP/Vista use.

  2. indy says:

    Of course it’s OK. Just be aware that if you admit to breaking this license flub the assumption is that you are breaking other licensing. Which is fine. As a proponent of SBS, you should be proud of your pirate roots!

  3. Roger says:

    Chris: I’ve always thought that parts of the EULA are intentionally vague. That way MS can interpret them as situations warrant.

    Case in point: I setup a test machine with Win2k3 64 bit, Virtual Server 05 64bit for testing. Installed SQL Server 2005 Dev edition on host for application testing. Set up several VM’s to duplicate a client’s environment for testing. All from MSDN subscriptions. Nothing for my own business is running on this box. Have I violated a EULA? By my reading, maybe, maybe not.