Windows server 2022 Standard azure image

Borut Puhar 66 Reputation points

I’m looking monthly cost related to Windows server 2022 Standard image for VM running in azure.

If I crate image with Windows server 2022 Standard.  Upload it in to azure and create VM from that image.

What are monthly cost related to OS of VM with windows server 2022 Standard in situation that I have EA agreement  and no  EA argument zero OS licence.  I will run standard DS4 image with 4 cores.


I know  for hybrid benefits, licence is per core (8+8) and I can use Datacentre OS licence in  Azure regardless  if agreement is Standard or datacentre …

Thank you.

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  1. Dave Patrick 426K Reputation points MVP

    You could estimate the costs here.


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  2. kobulloc-MSFT 23,181 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Hello, @Borut Puhar !

    How much will it cost for me to use Windows Server Standard on Azure?

    First, a quick disclaimer: For billing questions you'll need to refer to billing resources like the Azure Pricing Calculator and Azure Pricing FAQs as @Dave Patrick has mentioned, or speak directly with Azure Billing.

    What we can do in the forums is to guide you through documentation that will hopefully answer your question because licensing issues can be complicated, even when you are looking at the calculator and the pricing FAQs.

    What Microsoft server software is supported in Azure virtual machines?

    All Microsoft, software that's installed in the Azure virtual machine environment must be licensed correctly. By default, Azure virtual machines include a license for using Windows Server in the Microsoft Azure environment.

    When you look at the Azure Pricing Calculator, it then makes more sense why you would see the OS Only option:


    Windows Server is charged on a per core basis and you can see this when you compare different versions of Windows Server that all show the same price, and costs that go up as the vCPU count goes up.


    Addressing Windows Server Standard edition, it is explicitly called out in the Azure Hybrid Benefit FAQ as being eligible in Azure with Software Assurance:

    User's image

    From all of this, we can imply that OS only in the pricing calculator would give you the Windows Server Standard edition cost and if you were interested in the Azure Hybrid Benefit (because you already have the license), you would need Software Assurance.

    While I realize this is not an explicit, "Windows Server Standard edition would cost XX", hopefully that gives you either what you need for the Azure Pricing Calculator or enough to start an informed conversation with Azure Billing.

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  3. Dave Patrick 426K Reputation points MVP

    Seems doable with SA

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