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Licencing of host and VM with an Open Licence RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello community, i'm after some licencing clarity please.

    We have a customer who has an existing Server 2012 Standard, with HyperV role and runs 2 VM's. This host OS was purchased as HP ROK.

    Now the customer wants to replace this server with new. So, we would need to licence the new server. Am I right in thinking that I would need to purchase a server 2019 standard open licence, use downgrade rights and downgrade the host to Server 2012 to match the 2 server 2012 vm's as they are technically not licenced?

    Cheers

    Wednesday, November 6, 2019 3:01 PM

All replies

  • This is a technical forum, not a legal forum.  Any question about licensing is a legal question that should be directed to a trained Microsoft licensing specialist.  Any answer provided by a responder in this forum is not legally binding to the responder and leaves you liable to any fines that come from and audit that may occur.  

    Contact HPE and talk with their licensing specialist.  The ROK agreement they signed makes them responsible for answering any licensing questions.  However, you can contact Microsoft for answers, too - Microsoft.com/licensing.


    tim

    Wednesday, November 6, 2019 3:10 PM
  • licensing questions are better directed towards your reseller's trained specialist or ask Microsoft directly.

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

    Best Regards,

    Daniel


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    Thursday, November 7, 2019 3:07 AM
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  • Hi,
    Just checking in to see if the information provided was helpful. Please let us know if you would like further assistance.
    Best Regards,
    Daniel

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    Monday, November 11, 2019 2:43 AM
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  • Hi,
    Just checking in to see if the information provided was helpful. Please let us know if you would like further assistance.
    Best Regards,
    Daniel

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    About as helpful as a chocolate fireguard, to be fair. I never wanted legal advice, just some general licencing discussion. Not to worry though
    Monday, November 11, 2019 8:40 AM
  • To be honest, We are not very clear about the licensing issue. You may not get the answer you want in this forum. That's why I suggest you ask Microsoft.


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    Monday, November 11, 2019 8:55 AM
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  • "I never wanted legal advice, just some general licencing discussion."

    You can't have a licensing discussion without it being a legal discussion.  That is why a technical forum is very poor source for such information.


    tim

    Monday, November 11, 2019 2:28 PM