Licencing with Hyper-V

Damien 41 Reputation points
2021-09-28T15:32:03.693+00:00

I hope someone can give me a quick pointer for this.

I currently have a requirement to run a service on an existing server and they are asking for admin rights etc, so my first thought was Hyper-V. The host that its running on is Windows Server 2012 R2 and for testing purposes I as hadnt used Hyper-V before, I created a quick VM running Server Std 2019, but then I am not sure about how to licence the VM. I have just read that a 2019 server licence comes with 2 free VM licences, but my question is, does this apply to 2012 as well? And should I be creating a 2012 VM instead of 2019.

Basically I got a quote for a 2019 licence and its VERY expensive, but then looking into it, I saw that it has 2 free VM licences. So I am confused now.

Cheers.

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  1. Anonymous
    2021-09-28T16:03:40.42+00:00

    Some general info

    • Each host needs to be licensed.
    • A minimum of 8 core licenses is required for each physical processor and a minimum of 16 core licenses is required for each server.
    • Core licenses are sold in packs of two.
    • Standard Edition provides rights for up to 2 Operating System Environments or Windows Servers containers with Hyper-V isolation when all physical cores in the server are licensed. For each additional 1 or 2 VMs, all the physical cores in the server must be licensed again.
    • DataCenter Edition provides rights for unlimited Operating System Environments or Windows Servers containers with Hyper-V isolation when all physical cores in the server are licensed.
      AVMA keys can be used only when the host is DataCenter edition
      https://download.microsoft.com/download/7/C/E/7CED6910-C7B2-4196-8C55-208EE0B427E2/Windows_Server_2019_licensing_datasheet_EN_US.pdf

    If you wanted to run a Server 2019 guest on a Server 2012 host then you'll need to come up with a valid Server 2019 product activation key for it.

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  2. Limitless Technology 39,506 Reputation points
    2021-09-29T10:00:27.387+00:00

    Hello Derrick,

    unfortunately this service (called AVMA) is only available from 2012R2 and later. There is a table of what you can activate with each host system (for example 2012R2 host, can only activate 2012R2 vms)

    See: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/automatic-vm-activation

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    Hope this helps with your query,
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  3. Damien 41 Reputation points
    2021-09-30T11:37:19.107+00:00

    I have a feeling this wont work because the host server is only standard edition and not datacenter.

    So basically there is no way I can get it to work.

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