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Windows Editions Suitable for Production Environment (Hyper-V)

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  • I am a part of a startup and we are working on a project using Visual Studio Team Services. Our build server (for CI/CD) is going to be a Windows machine. I also want to use Hyper-V for a few Ubuntu VMs. The VMs will primarily be used as our Staging and BETA-Production environments. In the future, when we need a better production environment, we might rent out Linux VMs to some people we know. 

    I know Windows 10 Pro and Windows Server include Hyper-V (Windows Server Essentials doesn't), but what types of use are allowed for Hyper-V on Windows 10 Pro versus Hyper-V on Windows Server? Can we run a public web-server on a VM hosted on a Windows 10 Pro machine? Can we rent out Linux VMs on Hyper-V on Windows 10 Pro? What kind of licensing would that require?

    We are running a Dell PowerEdge R710 as our primary server. Obviously Windows Server would be the best option, but we can't afford to buy the full retail Windows Server 2016 Standard edition. We also don't need all of the features that it includes. 

    Thanks for your input. 

    Originally asked here: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-win_licensing/windows-editions-suitable-for-production/f542d9b5-5232-4793-a666-42f1a85a36f7

    It was suggested I post here instead. 


    • Edited by Schmidty15 Thursday, August 9, 2018 2:56 PM
    Thursday, August 9, 2018 2:56 PM

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  • You're asking legal licensing questions that should be directed towards a trained licensing specialist or ask microsoft directly.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/about/officelocator/default.aspx

    https://www.microsoft.com/Licensing/servicecenter/Help/Contact.aspx

    Any replies here from anonymous forums users would be opinions at best.

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

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    • Proposed as answer by Dave PatrickMVP Wednesday, August 15, 2018 11:31 AM
    Thursday, August 9, 2018 3:01 PM
  • Hi,

    I agree with Dave.You could check the Microsoft End User License Agreement (EULA) under  C:\Widows\System32

    Hyper-V on Windows supports many different operating systems in a virtual machine including various releases of Linux, FreeBSD, and Windows.

    As a reminder, you'll need to have a valid license for any operating systems you use in the VMs.

    For information about which operating systems are supported as guests in Hyper-V on Windows, see Supported Windows Guest Operating Systems and Supported Linux Guest Operating Systems.

    More info

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualization/hyper-v-on-windows/about/

    Best Regards,
    Frank


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    Friday, August 10, 2018 2:56 AM
  • Hi,

    Just check the situation about your issue.

    Best Regards,
    Frank

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    Wednesday, August 15, 2018 6:19 AM
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    Friday, August 17, 2018 7:26 AM