Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:35 AM
All of my virtual hosts currently run 2008 R2 Enterprise
Unfortunately the SA has expired so I can't upgrade them at present to 2013.
The no-shared-storage migration and replication of HyperV server 2013 is attractive, however, and that edition IS free.
My question is, if I'm still running at least one licenced 2008 R2 Enterprise Server AS A GUEST on the Hyper-V 2013 host, am I still allowed to run 4 servers per physical host?
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 2:40 AMModerator
> if I'm still running at least one licenced 2008 R2 Enterprise Server AS A GUEST on the Hyper-V 2013 host, am I still allowed to run 4
> servers per physical host?
I think you mean Microsoft Hyper-V server 2012, we now don’t have a 2013 version.
Hyper-V Server 2012 is a full-featured, enterprise-class, standalone Microsoft hypervisor that provides an optimized virtualization platform requiring fewer updates than a full version of Windows Server, while consuming half the disk footprint of a default installation of Windows Server. It supports the same hardware compatibility list as Windows Server 2012 and integrates fully with Microsoft System Center and Windows technologies such as Windows Update and Active Directory.
This product is a free download and its installation is pre-activated. The operating systems on hosted virtual machines, however, each require their proper license.
Hyper-V server 2012 support maximum 1024 virtual machines per host server.
For more information please refer to following MS articles:
What's New in Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012
Migrate Hyper-V to Windows Server 2012
And for further license related questions we recommend you contact Microsoft licensing specialist.
You can call 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist. Worldwide customers can use the Guide to Worldwide Microsoft Licensing Sites to find contact information in their locations.
Hope this helps!
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012 9:08 AMModerator
Thursday, November 29, 2012 9:18 PM
No, I cannot get an answer on this from anyone. The licensing number for MS lead me to the wrong people and they could only advise to send an email to another licensing group - 3 days later - no reply.
This really is a pretty poor showing.
Thursday, November 29, 2012 9:43 PM
If you assign the 2008 enterprise license to the 2012 HOST, not GUEST, you could still get 4 VMs, but you don't 5.
It would work the same way as using your enterprise license with ESXi. You assign the server license to the host and you may use the 4 VMs included with the license.
Thursday, November 29, 2012 9:52 PMThat was my plan - 4 guests per host - but I would still liek an official MS reply in case I get audited and found wanting!
Friday, November 30, 2012 7:34 PM
Here is a document on Microsoft's web site that explains pretty clearly - http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/D/B/4DB352D1-C610-466A-9AAF-EEF4F4CFFF27/WS2012_Licensing-Pricing_FAQ.pdf
If you want to read something that the lawyers like to decipher (but it does give you all the information you could possibly want), you read this - http://download.microsoft.com/download/E/8/E/E8EDAE36-CBC6-4123-BC5A-F651D174FD6C/PUR_Explained.pdf and this - http://www.microsoftvolumelicensing.com/Downloader.aspx?DocumentId=5752
Monday, December 03, 2012 6:12 AMModerator
I would like to confirm what is the current situation? Have you received mail reply from MS Licensing group?
Also have you checked the articles “Tim Cerling” provided, that are MS official answer for Windows server 2012 Licensing questions.
If there is anything that we can do for you, please do not hesitate to let us know, and we will be happy to help.
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- Edited by Lawrence LvMicrosoft Contingent Staff, Moderator Monday, December 03, 2012 6:12 AM
Monday, December 03, 2012 7:29 PM
I have had a response, but am still trying to get an answer to my specific scenario that is clearly stated in a yes/no.
Steve's answer is the best one as it covers my scenario, but is not a Microsoft one.