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Apr 20, 2016 - 11:00 AM
The issue is that the wording on the grant is EXTREMELY important because if it says something like "physical device" then are breaking the letter of the contract and they will come for you. If the license grant says something like... "Device" or "Server" then you may have wiggle room. Check th definitions in teh agreement as well... if Device/Server is defined there as physical you are again not allowed to.
Infact, I just reviewed a more current license agreement and here is the wording:
"Server:Server is a physical computer, case, box or blade that houses the CPUs running the software product. Multiple virtual machines on the same physical box are allowed and do not require additional licenses ."
IF SAP did not have that last sentence (in bold) on the above license grant/metric definition... it would have been a contract breach to add virtual servers...or it could have BEEN argued that way.
I'm interested to see what the Business object license grants were before 2007 as well. Why? That is the year they were acquried by SAP and I suspect the license agreement before that was a bit more liberal. Maybe not tho. who knows and good luck!