I was wondering if someone could point out a better document on licensing VM's in Hyper-V. As I have a test lab that I'm building, I was activating each VM as I set them up. But per the doc I read here, I have to assign a license to the host server???? This is most confusing to me. How can this be done and how would the VM see the license??
I also was curous on how to properly use/license differencing disks. If my parent vhd is fully patched and activated, how would that affect each child vhd that uses it since the parent is already activated? Same virtual hardware, just a different domain SID. Or are you going to suggest that I don't activate windows until I setup the child?
In regards to the parent vhd, I want to have a cold storage of a pre-installed server OS that I can keep patched and up to date, then when I need a new system to be built for testing, I can simply point the child to a copy of the parent of this patched server as so to minimize the time to get up and running. I'm sure there are real world production scenarios like mine as well but I'd like to read more on how to proceed since I feel there are potential pitfalls that I am not aware of at this time.
As the licensing policies may differ depending on the regions located. It is recommended to contact the regional activation center or hotline of marketing department for accurate answer:
Microsoft Volume Licensing Activation Centers Worldwide Telephone Numbers
Here are some comments based on my experience on the virtualization licensing -
Before considering how to activate the virtualized server in Hyper-V environment, we need to confirm if enough licenses have been purchased. Some editions of Windows Server 2008 R2 includes virtual licensing for virtualized servers (1+1, 1+4 and 1+unlimited programs), for more information, please refer to:
Licensing Windows Server in a Virtual Environment
If your virtual environment is covered by the program above, the same key for the host server may be applicable for the virtual ones (please still ensure this information from activation center).
If you’re using virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and have many virtual desktop deployed, Microsoft recommends to use other licensing methods like Virtual Desktop Access (VDA):
Windows Virtual Desktop Access
The guest machines are preferred to be activated via KMS or MAK:
Frequently Asked Questions About Volume License Keys
(The question: Which activation method should be used for virtual computers?)
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