Ahmed Maher Abdelsalam 21 Reputation points

Hello all,

i have Failover Cluster S2D with Lenovo servers with windows server data center 2016, and we covered license for this physical servers, as i know that i can install any VMs without additional license because the hosts has been covered

my question is:

can i install VMs with windows server 2019 on host licensed with windows server 2016 ??

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  1. Leon Laude 85,686 Reputation points

    Hi @Ahmed Maher Abdelsalam ,

    With AVHM (Automatic Virtual Machine Activation) you can run Windows Server 2019 virtual machines on your Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Hyper-V hosts, for more information see:

    Automatic virtual machine activation


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  2. Mico Mi 1,921 Reputation points

    Agree with Leon, you can activate VM win2019 on host win2016 Datacenter:
    Since your host are running 2016 Datacenter, AVMA would work.
    For other questions about license, you can call MS Licensing Activation Centers for further information:

    Thanks for your time!
    Best Regards,
    Mico Mi


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  3. Dave Patrick 426.2K Reputation points MVP

    can i install VMs with windows server 2019 on host licensed with windows server 2016 ??

    You can install them but a Server 2016 DataCenter host can only active 2016 and 2012 R2 guests via AVMA. So you'll need to provide product keys in order to activate the 2019 guests.


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