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2016 standard virtual machine activation using 2012 standard host server license? - not possible? RRS feed

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  • Hello!

    Is such combo possible?

    host server with 2012 standard operating system is running two guest virtual 2016 standard machines

    avma (automatic activation) is not supported in 2012 standard only in datacenter... so now is the question

    how can I activate these 2016 vm's using 2012 standard host key ??? - and if this is possible at all?  from the licensing point of view...

    thanks for any help...

    Tuesday, May 14, 2019 1:04 PM

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  • You can't.  Licensing does not apply to new versions.  Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard grants you 2 OSE licenses for 2012R2 or older.  

    You need to purchase Server 2016 license to be licensed for the 2016 versions.  Similarly, you'd need Server 2019 to be licensed for 2019 machines. 

    Regardless of the version mix, you'll still need to provide a license key for the specific version of the OS when it's not the same as the host, i.e. a 2019 server installation would still require you have a 2016 key to activate Windows.   Activation and licensing are not the same.  Activating Windows doesn't mean it is successfully licensed from an audit standpoint.

    Hyper-V questions should be posted in the Hyper-V Server forum here: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/user/forums

    Tuesday, May 14, 2019 4:57 PM