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DaveBryan-5712 asked SchroederMichaelCTR-6688 edited

Why are all Azure server templates all Datacenter editions?

Hey guys,

I am new to Azure and trying to spin up new servers. We do not have licensing for datacenter editions, but notice that all of the templates in Azure are datacenter. Does anyone know why standard and enterprise are not options in the templates? Do you forcefully have to change them over to remain compliant with your licensing or something.

Thanks,

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Hey DaveBryan could you please provide an example of the a server template that requires a data-center edition and can you also please provide a screenshot of the issue that you're facing?

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I'm following up on this please let us know if there are anymore questions. In order to progress this issue forward, we will need you to reply/respond in regards to the replies above. Thanks

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Hello DaveBryan, as frank requested, mind sharing a link or reference to the templates? We need this information to be able to investigate this and provide an answer to your question.

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The issue I am facing is that when I try to go to create a new VM using Azure templates, they are all using the datacenter version of the OS which is 5x more expensive. If anyone can find Azure templates not using datacenter versions of the OS let me know.

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LukasBeran answered DaveBryan-5712 commented

Hi Dave.

How is this question related to Azure AD?

For the bring your own license scenario, read this article regarding supported licenses that you can use in Azure https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/hybrid-benefit/

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It is not Azure AD. Just Azure templates and VMs. I re-tagged it.

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jakaruna-MSFT answered DaveBryan-5712 commented

Hi DaveBryan-5712 ,

You can use your standard licences in Azure with Hybrid benefit.

Take a look at the FAQ.
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/pricing/hybrid-benefit/faq/

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Not really helpful. Looking for non datacenter VMs for 2016, 2019 that I can create easily from the Microsoft templates.

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BijuThankappan-5910 answered

Hi @DaveBryan-5712 Did you try and edit the json file to hard code the OS you need. Or you can also make it available as a parameter during deployment.


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DaveBryan-5712 answered

I emailed our Microsoft rep and he checked into it and here is his answer.

when you deploy Windows servers in Azure, you will deploy the DC edition. There’s not a Standard edition in Azure. With Standard, you can use the licenses either on premise or in Azure, even to deploy Azure DC edition images, plus concurrently for 30 days during migrations.

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HarryCobbler-5086 answered HarryCobbler-5086 edited

Amazing how all the "MSFT" people seem like they have never created a VM from an Azure template before. They should never have replied since they had no idea how to resolve the problem. Thanks very much for coming back and posting your final comment. The exact answer we need. Attached is another screen shot of this problem with the Server 2022 images. Note the search was for all WS 2022 templates and every single one is "datacenter".

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SchroederMichaelCTR-6688 answered SchroederMichaelCTR-6688 edited

The redirect question here is why would you want to go out of your way figuring out how to deploy a non-DC edition in Azure? There are two licensing models:

  1. Licensing bundled as part of the VM fee, in which case you have right to use a datacenter instance of Windows running in Azure;

  2. Licensing provided as part of the hybrid benefit, in which case you also have right to use the datacenter editions provided by Azure templates.

You do not loose anything by deploying datacenter edition. So the bottom line answer is simply deploy the provided datacenter edition version of Windows, and select the licensing model you wish to use.

For clarity sake, you cannot simply take any version of Windows Server Standard you already own and port it to a VM running in Azure. You must own a license type that qualifies for the hybrid benefit.

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