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  • Hi,

    Not sure if you could give insight.

    We are looking to host 4 virtual machines on an ESXi host (VMWare). Here is a copy of licenses made available to us, from a client. Would anyone be informed enough to suggest these licenses would suffice or we would need to look at purchasing something different. The servers will all be 2012.

    Windows Server 2012R2 Standard Edition,Factory Installed, No Media, 2
    Socket, 2 VMs,NO CALs
    1 SR

    5-pack of Windows Server 2012 User CALs (Standard or Datacenter) 8 SR
    Windows Server 2012R2 Standard, Media, FI Standard Ed Downgrade image,
    1 SR

    Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Standard,OEM, Includes 5 USER CALs, NFI, With
    2012 Media, ENG
    1 SR

    MS2012R2 Standard Edition, Additional License, 2 Socket and/or 2 VMs 1 SR
    Electronic System Documentation and OpenManage DVD Kit, PowerEdge
    1 SR

    many thanks,


    Friday, January 19, 2018 12:18 PM


  • It's hard to tell without additional information. Note everything I say is unofficial -- I'm not from Microsoft or an authorized reseller.

    The following report might help you future out what information you need:

    Some basics for Windows Server:

    Windows Server 2012R2 Standard Edition,Factory Installed, No Media, 2 Socket, 2 VMs,NO CALs

    You need enough Standard licenses to cover all processors (sockets) in the server. Each 2012 license covers only two processors.

    Furthermore, since you have 4 VMs, you need to double-license all processors, because Standard only covers two VMs.

    So, whether the licenses you have meet this requirement depends on how many processors there are in your server. If the server only has one or two processors the licenses you have might suffice.

    If you end up needing to buy more Windows Server licenses, note: version 2016 licenses can license a server for 2012 R2, but they use completely different rules about how many licenses you need.

    5-pack of Windows Server 2012 User CALs

    Whether this is enough depends on the number of end users or end devices that will ever access the server, directly or indirectly. The same comment applies to SQL Server. Client Access Licenses (CALs) are often the toughest thing to get right.

    • Marked as answer by Travis_1983 Thursday, January 25, 2018 11:41 AM
    Friday, January 19, 2018 9:38 PM