Trending on MSDN: Hyper-V and Azure Hybrid Benefit

Micah McKittrick 946 Reputation points Microsoft Employee
2019-10-29T19:21:42.613+00:00

We currently have a Hyper-V Environment with 25 hosts with Windows DataCenter licenses for a total of 243 VMs.

We are moving to Azure and wanted to find out how that would be calculated using the Azure Hybrid Benefit.

If we did a Lift and Shift, can we use the Azure Hybrid Benefit on all 243 VM's with our 25 data center licenses or is that only available for 25 of the VMs?

Sourced from MSDN

Azure Virtual Machines
Azure Virtual Machines
An Azure service that is used to provision Windows and Linux virtual machines.
4,597 questions
No comments
{count} votes

Accepted answer
  1. olufemia-MSFT 2,781 Reputation points
    2019-10-29T19:56:17.99+00:00

    Welcome to the Microsoft Q&A (Preview) platform.
    Happy to answer your questions.

    For Windows server, we cover how the calculator works in the following document.

    Each 2-processor license or each set of 16-core licenses are entitled to two instances of up to 8 cores, or one instance of up to 16 cores. The Azure Hybrid Benefit for Standard Edition licenses can only be used once either on-premises or in Azure. Datacenter Edition benefits allow for simultaneous usage both on-premises and in Azure.

    So if you have 25 licenses that equates to 400 cores (25*400)

    Using the pricing calculator that equates to 25 16-core VMs or 50 8-core VMs

    400/16=25
    400/8=50

    alt text
    alt text

    Sourced from MSDN

    No comments

4 additional answers

Sort by: Most helpful
  1. AHMED ISMAIL GOMAA BAKIR 906 Reputation points
    2022-05-05T21:54:41.68+00:00

    Each 2-processor license or each set of 16-core licenses are entitled to two instances of up to 8 cores, or one instance of up to 16 cores. The Azure Hybrid Benefit for Standard Edition licenses can only be used once either on-premises or in Azure. Datacenter Edition benefits allow for simultaneous usage both on-premises and in Azure.

    No comments

  2. Ziv Rafalovich 26 Reputation points
    2019-10-31T16:26:47.52+00:00

    You may also consider using Azure Dedicated Hosts in order to save on your licenses.

    For example, Lets use D4sv3 (4VCPU) size running Windows Server Datacenter with the Azure Hybrid Benefits.
    On a Dsv3_Type1 host, you can place up to 16 VMs from this size. Option 1 below is the case where you apply the hybrid benefit at the HOST level . Option 2 is where you apply the hybrid benefit at the VM level

    alt text

    No comments

  3. 2021-11-11T18:30:51.593+00:00

    @Micah McKittrick - If you purchase Azure hybrid benefit reservations, they can apply at subscription level. The licenses are per core base, meaning that if you buy license for 300 cores, they would get assigned to Azure VM's and consume reservation cores based on VM size. If you migrate all 243 VM's to Azure with VM size (Standard_E4_v5 just for example), you need to purchase license for 243*4=972 cores. Later if you delete some VM's, those VM's cores would get releases and you can re-use them for new VM's which you create

    No comments

  4. Hanan Ali Ibrahem Roffa 81 Reputation points
    2022-05-06T03:24:43.773+00:00

    Each 2-processor license or each set of 16-core licenses are entitled to two instances of up to 8 cores, or one instance of up to 16 cores. The Azure Hybrid Benefit for Standard Edition licenses can only be used once either on-premises or in Azure. Datacenter Edition benefits allow for simultaneous usage both on-premises and in Azure.

    No comments