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  • Hello everyone!

    I couldn't find exactly the right forum for my question but it's about Windows server so please bear with me.

    I teach students and I'd like to setup virtual labs that would be accessible by students. I'd like them to access the lab for up to 90 days. After the 90 days limit, the VM will be destroyed. In fact, if they "screw up" they can have the lab re-imaged as well...

    I should mention that students come and go on a regular basis. This is not a "Monday to Friday" type of class. It's more like a "self served" lab than a classroom actually.

    Although I am a sysadmin, I am not a licensing expert and I want to keep everything legit, obviously...!

    Right now, what I have in mind is to use ESXI and simply clone a new instance as needed. Since I might have between 2 to 20 students at the same time, this needs to be highly automated. I can't (or don't) want to start entering licenses manually.... However, Microsoft might not like this approach because of cloning existing licenses?

    I should also mention that I have access to the BizSpark MSDN library and that I would like to include other software in my lab (ex: Sharepoint, MS SQL, Windows 8). 

    What is the best approach for licensing & activating? Oh also money is tight as I'm not a multinational :)

    Thanks a bunch in advance!

    Sunday, January 3, 2016 3:55 PM

Answers

  • You can contact them here on that.

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

     

     

     


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

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    • Proposed as answer by Leo Han Friday, January 15, 2016 7:55 AM
    • Marked as answer by Leo Han Monday, January 25, 2016 6:44 AM
    Monday, January 4, 2016 12:54 AM
  • I think your best bet is to call or write Microsoft licensing. You seem to be in a grey zone in terms of licensing, as previously suggested you are almost educational, but not registered. Not sure if your machines could be considered development only, which is reduced cost also.

    The problem you will have that you could use most software with a trial license, however when you want images, you are kinda bound to that date you install it, unless you provide a real key. Problem here is that the key can easily be misused....

    • Proposed as answer by Leo Han Friday, January 15, 2016 7:54 AM
    • Marked as answer by Leo Han Monday, January 25, 2016 6:44 AM
    Monday, January 4, 2016 8:33 AM

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  • For bizspark I'd ask over here.

    http://trainingsupport.microsoft.com/en-us/tcbizspark

    or for general educational licensing I'd contact them here.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/licensing-programs/licensing-for-industries.aspx#tab=2

     

     


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

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    Sunday, January 3, 2016 4:11 PM
  • Thanks but I don't think that I fall under the educational plan. I am not a registered or accredited school.

    Any clue regarding the regular licenses? Thanks!

    Monday, January 4, 2016 12:27 AM
  • You can contact them here on that.

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

     

     

     


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

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    • Proposed as answer by Leo Han Friday, January 15, 2016 7:55 AM
    • Marked as answer by Leo Han Monday, January 25, 2016 6:44 AM
    Monday, January 4, 2016 12:54 AM
  • Hi Decan,

    If you want the VMs to be activated automatically, you could use KMS.

    KMS activates computers on a local network, eliminating the need for individual computers to connect to Microsoft.

    Here is the reference:

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff793434.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

    As Dave mentioned, about the problems of license, it is recommended to ask MS specialist, not post in forum.

    Best Regards,

    Leo


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    Monday, January 4, 2016 6:21 AM
  • I think your best bet is to call or write Microsoft licensing. You seem to be in a grey zone in terms of licensing, as previously suggested you are almost educational, but not registered. Not sure if your machines could be considered development only, which is reduced cost also.

    The problem you will have that you could use most software with a trial license, however when you want images, you are kinda bound to that date you install it, unless you provide a real key. Problem here is that the key can easily be misused....

    • Proposed as answer by Leo Han Friday, January 15, 2016 7:54 AM
    • Marked as answer by Leo Han Monday, January 25, 2016 6:44 AM
    Monday, January 4, 2016 8:33 AM