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  • Hi,

    I have a tricky situation. We have a ESXi Host running Windows server 2008 R2 datacenter with 2 processors, 6 cores each. However I need to create a Windows 2012 R2 VM on that Host. Since I cannot purchase 2012 R2 license anymore, I need to get 2016 standard edition. My question is

    1. how many license should purchase? I just need to purchase 1 x 2012 R2 license only for 1 x VM or i need to purchase license for whole ESXi host server? As i know there is changes on windows server 2016 for virtualization.

    2. "WinSvrSTDCore 2016 SNGL OLP 2Lic NL CoreLic" the description means it's come with 2 core per license already? if u have 2 x 6 core processor, just need to purchase 8 x unit only (8 x 2Lic = 16core, minimum 16 cores per server) ? My understanding is correct?

    3. IF running Hyper-V, does the hyper-V host need to license or i just need to purchase license for VM only?

    Regards,



    • Edited by cocororo Friday, May 12, 2017 4:57 AM
    Friday, May 12, 2017 4:54 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    I agree with Tim that Microsoft licenses the physical host, not the VMs, and virtualization rights are granted by the license of the physical host.  That way licensing is the same whether running Windows Server on the physical machine or any hypervisor.

    for your ESXi host Server you need 8 X WinSvrSTDCore 2016 SNGL OLP 2Lic NL CoreLic to cover the Minimum Core licenses required for the 2016 Version. with your 2016 Version you can downgrade through VLSC Portal to the Prior Versions: 2012 R2, 2012.

    for confirmation & Details contact Microsoft licensing support in your Region

    thanks

    diramoh

    • Proposed as answer by Alvwan Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:25 AM
    • Marked as answer by cocororo Friday, May 19, 2017 10:08 AM
    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:50 AM

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  • Remember that Microsoft licenses the physical host, not the VMs, and virtualization rights are granted by the license of the physical host.  That way licensing is the same whether running Windows Server on the physical machine or any hypervisor.

    As this is a technical forum, and not a legal forum, you should contact a trained Microsoft licensing specialist.  Generally your Microsoft reseller should be able to answer your questions.  If not, contact the Microsoft licensing team. In the United States and Canada, you may call the licensing team directly at 1-800-426-9400.

    Worldwide customers can use the Guide to Worldwide Microsoft Licensing Sites http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/worldwide.aspx to find contact information in their locations.


    tim


    • Edited by Tim CerlingMVP Friday, May 12, 2017 11:46 AM
    • Proposed as answer by Alvwan Monday, May 15, 2017 12:23 AM
    Friday, May 12, 2017 11:46 AM
  • Hi,

    I agree with Tim that Microsoft licenses the physical host, not the VMs, and virtualization rights are granted by the license of the physical host.  That way licensing is the same whether running Windows Server on the physical machine or any hypervisor.

    for your ESXi host Server you need 8 X WinSvrSTDCore 2016 SNGL OLP 2Lic NL CoreLic to cover the Minimum Core licenses required for the 2016 Version. with your 2016 Version you can downgrade through VLSC Portal to the Prior Versions: 2012 R2, 2012.

    for confirmation & Details contact Microsoft licensing support in your Region

    thanks

    diramoh

    • Proposed as answer by Alvwan Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:25 AM
    • Marked as answer by cocororo Friday, May 19, 2017 10:08 AM
    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:50 AM
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    Alvin Wang


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    Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:25 AM