I believe I misspoke. Rather than VM, I mean to say the entire virtual environment. Are you saying that there is no Standard licensing model for the entirety of the virtual environment?
Our sales manager's answer is, "I don't know, I'll have someone from Microsoft call".
The standard answer from Microsoft is, "let us scan your network and we can tell you what we think you need" (actual quote). So, no, that's not an option for me as I am trying to clean up a licensing nightmare that I inherited at the moment. We support applications that have different editions across both virtual and physical servers. I'd like to get as much cost reduced as possible by the next true up by getting the correct edition installed for any instances that are out of compliance.
If Standard Core edition only licenses per the core count of each virtual server, then this will be pricey. If I can simply license the cores for the hosts, that would be a more cost efficient route.
Any advice? Opinions are welcome.