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  • Hi Team,

    I have a specific query to you . As per the product documentation of Microsoft Windows 2012 Std edition, Its coming with two virtual licenses and one physical license.

    However I got confused after reading the below in the Microsoft documentation .


    All physical processors need to be licensed. Each license covers up to two physical processors. You may run the server software in one physical OSE and in up to two virtual OSEs for each license you assign. If you run all of the permitted instances the instance in the physical OSE can only be used to manage the virtual OSEs.

     Can any clear the confusion will be of great help . I have a requirement of three virtual machine running three different version of SQL Server. So if I purchase Windows 2012 standard edition  and install hyver role then I will get two vm instance to install SQL server. Now my query apart from this can  I install sql server in the base os of the same hyperv machine ? . As per the above statement given by Microsoft is "If you run all of the permitted instances the instance in the physical OSE can only be used to manage the virtual OSEs. "

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 7:40 AM

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  • Hi,

    if you install your three SQL Server instances on three Windows Server VMs than you need to purchase an additional Windows Server 2012 std license while you cannot install 2 SQL Servers on the 2 VMs and the third SQL instance on the physical Server instance.  

    the physical OSE can only be used to manage the virtual OSEs.

    thanks

    diramoh 

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 8:59 AM
  • If you install any other role on the physical host, you forfeit one of your VM licenses.  Also, running other roles on the host puts you in an unsupported role.  Microsoft only supports Hyper-V when that is the only role installed.

    For future reference, Hyper-V related questions should be posted in the Hyper-V forum here: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverhyperv/threads

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:18 PM