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  • Hi

    I am looking at windows 2012 server licensing, i have few questions which i need answers from you.

    looking at windows standard 2012 server licensing it says 1 license can use two virtual instances means one(1) license key of windows  server 2012 can use on two(2) virtual machines of windows server 2012 on the same physical host. so total of three(3) windows server 2012 standard OS i can use. is that what they say?

    virtual instances means only when i use Hyper-V


    • Edited by Mr.Fire Wednesday, October 9, 2013 12:46 PM
    Wednesday, October 9, 2013 12:44 PM

Answers

  • According to document WS2012_Licensing-Pricing_FAQ.pdf the license is assigned to physical server . You cannot assign license to VM. This implies that you will use key for physical and up to two VM when you have Windows Server 2012 Standard on server that has up to two processors (two sockets). For Datacenter you can use any number of VM (up to two processors for one license).

    Regards

    Milos



    Wednesday, October 9, 2013 5:04 PM
  • Correct.  Licenses are always assigned to the physical hardware.  This is a paper transaction.  That is, no license is installed on the physical box (you do have an activation key, but that is not a license).  You need to keep track of which physical server has which license assigned to it.

    You can install and run an unlimited number of VMs on Standard Edition.  However, only two of those can be running Windows Server to be covered by the Standard license assigned to the host.


    .:|:.:|:. tim

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013 6:51 PM

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  • Licensing some up so many times in these forums.  Nearly any question you come up with has most likely been previously answered.

    The authoritative place to get licensing questions answered is from a trained Microsoft licensing specialist.  If you do not have such an individual at your Microsoft Reseller, you can always find one at www.microsoft.com/licensing.

    This answer is not authoritative.  You can run an instance of the operating system on the physical host if the only role you install on the physical machine is Hyper-V.  If you install any other role, such as file services or Active Directory or web services, on the host, that counts as one of the two instances you can have.  So, if you install on the physical host and turn on just the Hyper-V role, you can run two VMs with the Windows Server operating system simultaneously.  If you install file services on the Hyper-V host, then you have a license for a single VM running Windows Server.  The easiest way to think of it is what is available to someone who is not using Hyper-V as their hypervisor.  What do they get?  Microsoft can not offer three instances if you purchase the license for Hyper-V and only two if your purchase the license for VMware or Xen.


    .:|:.:|:. tim

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013 4:48 PM
  • According to document WS2012_Licensing-Pricing_FAQ.pdf the license is assigned to physical server . You cannot assign license to VM. This implies that you will use key for physical and up to two VM when you have Windows Server 2012 Standard on server that has up to two processors (two sockets). For Datacenter you can use any number of VM (up to two processors for one license).

    Regards

    Milos



    Wednesday, October 9, 2013 5:04 PM
  • Correct.  Licenses are always assigned to the physical hardware.  This is a paper transaction.  That is, no license is installed on the physical box (you do have an activation key, but that is not a license).  You need to keep track of which physical server has which license assigned to it.

    You can install and run an unlimited number of VMs on Standard Edition.  However, only two of those can be running Windows Server to be covered by the Standard license assigned to the host.


    .:|:.:|:. tim

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013 6:51 PM
  • Virtual machine (instance) means any virtual technology, VMware, HyperV does not matter
    Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:50 PM
  • I have been targetting the legal installations. Standard and Datacenter are the same, except the number of legal VM. This simplifies the situation when we compare version 2008 R2 and 2012. License agreement is the least read document, but reading it may save some money not to mention audit headaches.

    Rgds

    Milos

    Friday, October 11, 2013 8:38 AM