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Licensing for Hyper-V Guests RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have seen this question asked a couple times before, but I would like to have it re-stated so I'm sure I have things correct on my end.

    I have three physical servers running Win2K8 Standard with the Hyper-V role.  Each Hyper-V host is running at least two Win2K3 or Win2K8 guests.  I want to backup the guest VM's as servers as well as backup the VM environment from the Hyper-V host.  Assuming I have the correct licensing for each guest, does that license cover the Hyper-V backup as well?  Or do I need two licenses, one for the 'server' and one for the Hyper-V environment?

    Thanks,
    Joe

    Friday, February 24, 2012 2:29 PM

Answers

  • Yes if you have one Enterprise license you can backup the guest as VMs.
    • Marked as answer by JWD2 Saturday, February 25, 2012 1:27 PM
    Saturday, February 25, 2012 3:38 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    you will need one license per protected OS.

    Which means that if you are protecting the application inside the VM and also the VM on the Hyper-V host you'll need a license for each of the VM and then a license for each Hyper-V Host.

    Friday, February 24, 2012 3:09 PM
  • So if I have one Enterprise license for the Hyper-V host, I can backup all guests on the host using that one license?
    Friday, February 24, 2012 3:11 PM
  • Yes if you have one Enterprise license you can backup the guest as VMs.
    • Marked as answer by JWD2 Saturday, February 25, 2012 1:27 PM
    Saturday, February 25, 2012 3:38 AM