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Licensing and using backup feature

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  • I was wondering about licensing a simple server setup with replication server. Here is the configuration I am planning.

    Server 1: Windows 2012 r2 standard, install the OS with Hyper-V role. 1 VM

    Server 2: Windows 2012 r2 standard, install the OS with Hyper-V role, replication from Server 1.

    1. Will I need to purchase 2 Win 2012 licenses? My server 2 is only used to replicate and as a fail over if server 1 goes offline.

    2. Am I allowed to install the backup and restore feature on the Hyper-V windows install or is the only role and feature allowed Hyper-V?



    • Edited by Simon-br Monday, January 30, 2017 7:53 PM
    Monday, January 30, 2017 7:51 PM

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  • If you have two physical servers and want to run windows on both then you'll need a license for each. Also this one might help.

    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/uspartner_ts2team/2014/01/15/if-im-using-hyper-v-what-other-services-should-run-in-the-host-os/

     

     



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

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    Monday, January 30, 2017 8:00 PM
  • Does this include failover servers? not both will ever run at the same time.

    As for the second part, the link I fully understand not to run anything else on the parent OS. But this is only for backup of the VM's nothing else. The question is more are you allowed to do so, does it violate the license agreement for Win 2012 r2 standard.

    Monday, January 30, 2017 8:05 PM
  • It would not matter the reason, you'll still need to license them both. Yes, you can install backup role. 

     

     



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

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

    Monday, January 30, 2017 8:27 PM
  • Microsoft licenses the physical hosts.  Here is a guide that might help - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Licensing/product-licensing/virtualization.aspx

    You should also remember that a license is a legal agreement between you and Microsoft.  These are technical, not legal, forums.  So answers provided here are opinions of technical people.  Your lawyers would appreciate it if you were to contact a trained Microsoft licensing specialist for questions about licensing.  You can generally find such an individual at your reseller.  You can always call and talk to Microsoft directly - contact information from above site.


    . : | : . : | : . tim

    Monday, January 30, 2017 9:06 PM
  • Hi Simon,

    >>As for the second part, the link I fully understand not to run anything else on the parent OS. But this is only for backup of the VM's nothing else.

    Technically, you could run other roles or applications on Hyper-V host. For performance and stability concern, Hyper-V is recommended to be the only role on one server. Anyway, you could make the decision on your own.

    And Tim is correct, it is always recommended to consult MS about the questions of licenses.

    Best Regards,

    Leo


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