How to license Windows VMs using CSP software subscriptions?

Jennie Maier 0 Reputation points
2023-10-23T15:12:09.7666667+00:00

If I want to run one VM in Azure that is 8 vCores, can I buy just 8 cores of Windows Server Standard through a CSP Software subscription or is this still limited to a minimum of 16 cores per customer? I know that through Commercial licensing the customer must have a minimum of 16 cores, but thought it may be different in Azure using a CSP software subscription.

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  1. Dave Patrick 426.2K Reputation points MVP
    2023-10-23T15:17:22.69+00:00

    Looks to be doable.

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/azure-hybrid-benefit#number-of-licenses

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  2. Dave Patrick 426.2K Reputation points MVP
    2023-10-23T15:28:36.24+00:00

    I am not seeing if there is still a 16 core minimum or if only 8 cores can be purchased. Am I missing this?

    Sorry, I misunderstood. Sure you can purchase windows server standard or datacenter in 2-core packs from your reseller.

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  3. Dave Patrick 426.2K Reputation points MVP
    2023-10-23T17:18:08.68+00:00

    Azure hybrid benefit allows for an 8 core Standard or DataCenter VM

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/azure-hybrid-benefit#number-of-licenses

    to qualify the license needs to be active with software assurance.

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