force to: "confirm I have an eligible Windows 10/11 license with multi-tenant hosting rights." when creating Windows 11 VM

Liran Hovav 25 Reputation points


I'm new to Azure, After passing AZ-900 I decided to actually try Azure, I'm trying to create a Windows 11 VM resource, But I'm forced to check the attached checkbox.

I tried to find first a solution on the web but all I found is confused people about this checkbox, some said it was a bug and just check the box and continue, some said that I have to buy a license, some docs are out of date...(not showing details about Windows 11).

How can I continue with creating the resource? Do I need to buy a license from the marketplace? how much does it cost?...I'm afraid that I will be charged high fees without knowing until I actually purchase the license.

I'm sorry if I'm asking a basic question...I'm here after I looked enough on the web.

Thank you.

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  1. kobulloc-MSFT 23,106 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Hello, @Liran Hovav !

    Why do I need to check the "confirm I have an eligible Windows 10/11 license with multi-tenant hosting rights." when creating Windows 11 VM?

    Edit: There is very new guidance that allows for Student and Free trial accounts to deploy Windows 11 images for development or testing purposes.

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    Windows licensing is a somewhat complicated subject but the simplified version is that for Windows 10 and Windows 11, you must purchase a cloud compatible license in order to use a Windows 10 or Windows 11 VM. This means purchasing one of the two types of licenses below:

    • Windows Client (dev/test, and your scenario): You can use Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 Enterprise (x64) in Azure for dev/test scenarios provided you have an appropriate Visual Studio (formerly MSDN) subscription.
    • Windows 11: Requires enterprise/multitenant license.

    Windows Server, on the other hand, includes the license in the VM price (as you are charged per core).

    This means that the simplest path to a Windows 10/11 license for Azure (or any cloud environment) is:

    Hopefully this helps. Congrats on passing the AZ-900!

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  2. Marcin Policht 8,035 Reputation points MVP

    You need to have a license in order to comply with the licensing requirements.

    Details are available at

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