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  • Hello All ,

    Can anyone please explain me how Microsoft License work.

    What is difference between STD Core and DC core Licensing?

    If my VM is running on ESXi, how does License come into the picture?

    We are using KMS server to activate clients, how can I be sure which License type it is using STD or DC ?

    Thank you

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 3:58 PM

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  • Hi,

    This is a technical forum, licensing questions should be directed to a trained Microsoft licensing specialist or your reseller.

    Here's some quick information that you'll find from the Microsoft datasheets or documentation online:

    Minimum license requirements
     All physical cores must be licensed
     8 core licenses per processor
     16 core licenses per server 

    A Windows Server Standard Edition provides rights for up to 2 concurrent Operating System Environments or Windows Servers containers with Hyper-V isolation when all physical cores in the server are licensed.

    For each additional 1 or 2 VMs, all the physical cores in the server must be licensed again.

    If you want to create a highly virtualized environment, then you might consider using Windows Server Datacenter licenses, which allows you to run an unlimited number of instances of Windows Server on the licensed server.

    You'll find some information over here:

    Licensing Windows Server 2019

    Licensing Windows Server for use with virtualization

    Best regards,

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    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 4:10 PM
  • You can view a comparison table here.

    Dism /Online /Get-CurrentEdition

    would return the current edition.



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

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    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 4:13 PM
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