Windows 2019 standard licensing host

Cesar Oaks 1 Reputation point


We would like to install windows 2k19 standard on 6 virtual machines which will be manage from a physical server (2x12cores).
In our understanding, we should :
physical server : 2x12cores = 24cores
6vms :

  • 1x16lic + 4x2lic = 24 cores (2vms)
  • 1x16lic + 4x2lic = 24 cores (2vms)
  • 1x16lic + 4x2lic = 24 cores (2vms)
    We should buy : 3x16lic + 12x2lic = 72 cores ?

Thank you for your help

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  1. Leon Laude 85,651 Reputation points

    Hi @Cesar Oaks ,

    Please note that these are technical forums, and is not meant for providing legal advice on licensing. licensing questions are best asked directly to a trained Microsoft licensing specialist.

    You can contact Microsoft directly and discuss your licensing needs -

    You'll also find some licensing information here:


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  2. Jenny Feng 14,071 Reputation points

    @Cesar Oaks
    You need to license each physical host for a minimum of 16 cores. Each Windows standard license covers 2 VMs on the same host. If the VMs can move, then you need a license for each host.
    For 6 VMs, you could do 6 standard licenses. (3 per host, each license covers 2 VMs, so 6 VMs per host which would allow you to have all 6 on either side).
    As LeonLaude said, since this is a technical forum and not a licensing one, if you need a definite answer you'd better contact your reseller or a trained Microsoft licensing specialist regarding your licensing questions.

    Please contact the Microsoft Activation Center.

    Hope above information can help you.


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