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Hyper-V Replica Software Assurance

    Question

  • Hello everyone,

    I would like to ask everyone a question:

    I have a data center with a Hyper-V virtual machine, Windows server licenses covered by Software Assurance on the site "A", I want to replicate VM's with Hyper-V replica from "A" to "B". I have to buy licenses for disaster recovery site, or the software assurance Site "A" covers site licenses "B"?

    Thanks to all

    Angelo Italy

    Tuesday, August 07, 2012 3:17 PM

Answers

  • Replica is desigend to support and enforce the licensing model

    And I believe that there is a way to test a replica, you are not forced to deal with whatever you get when the failover is triggered.

    Thre has been a whole seires of blog articles in regards to Replica:

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/virtualization/archive/2012/07/26/types-of-failover-operations-in-hyper-v-replica.aspx

    (this one mentions a test failover)

    And, neither of us are licensing experts as this is not a licensing forum (notice, there isn't one) - if you want the true expert licensing answer, then you need to contact your licensing representative.


    Brian Ehlert
    http://ITProctology.blogspot.com
    Learn. Apply. Repeat.
    Disclaimer: Attempting change is of your own free will.

    Tuesday, August 07, 2012 3:44 PM

All replies

  • According to Microsoft licensing policy you can do failover with Hyper-V replica so you don't need to buy TWO licenses for VM for primary and secondary site. But you cannot run both of them @ the same time. That's quite a serious limitation as in a nutshell it means - no "sandboxing". Quite a limiting factor (read - no way to check VM consistency with autotests).

    -nismo

    Tuesday, August 07, 2012 3:34 PM
  • Replica is desigend to support and enforce the licensing model

    And I believe that there is a way to test a replica, you are not forced to deal with whatever you get when the failover is triggered.

    Thre has been a whole seires of blog articles in regards to Replica:

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/virtualization/archive/2012/07/26/types-of-failover-operations-in-hyper-v-replica.aspx

    (this one mentions a test failover)

    And, neither of us are licensing experts as this is not a licensing forum (notice, there isn't one) - if you want the true expert licensing answer, then you need to contact your licensing representative.


    Brian Ehlert
    http://ITProctology.blogspot.com
    Learn. Apply. Repeat.
    Disclaimer: Attempting change is of your own free will.

    Tuesday, August 07, 2012 3:44 PM