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  • Question

  • If we purchase Windows 2016 Datacenter how many Windows 2016 VM's can we install on the server without purchasing additional licenses.

    I was thinking with past server licenses you could run 1 or 2 VM's of the same OS version as the host with the same license key.  How does that work with Datacenter.


    Robert R. Poor

    Wednesday, August 30, 2017 6:54 PM

Answers

  • Probably unlimited but better to ask your license provider's trained specialist or contact microsoft directly.

    https://www.petri.com/understanding-windows-server-2016-licensing

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

     

     



    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.


    Wednesday, August 30, 2017 7:04 PM
  • Agree with Dave that you should talk to your licensing specialist.  And in your discussion remember that there is a significant difference between 'install' and 'run'.  No matter what license you have, you are limited only by the resources of your system as to how many you can 'install' (create).  But licenses may put limits on the number which can be run simultaneously.

    tim

    • Marked as answer by Bad_Golfer Thursday, August 31, 2017 3:39 PM
    Thursday, August 31, 2017 2:46 PM

All replies

  • Probably unlimited but better to ask your license provider's trained specialist or contact microsoft directly.

    https://www.petri.com/understanding-windows-server-2016-licensing

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

     

     



    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.


    Wednesday, August 30, 2017 7:04 PM
  • Agree with Dave that you should talk to your licensing specialist.  And in your discussion remember that there is a significant difference between 'install' and 'run'.  No matter what license you have, you are limited only by the resources of your system as to how many you can 'install' (create).  But licenses may put limits on the number which can be run simultaneously.

    tim

    • Marked as answer by Bad_Golfer Thursday, August 31, 2017 3:39 PM
    Thursday, August 31, 2017 2:46 PM