On-prem 2012R2 to Azure 2019

Aqil Hidayat 21 Reputation points
2022-03-14T05:00:42.647+00:00

Hi guys, got a few question that could use some help.

1) I currently have on-premise servers that is currently on 2012R2, if migrating to Azure, can I specify it to use a 2019 image on Azure? The license will be included in the monthly billing from Azure.

2) If number 1 is not possible, the workaround is to pull the VHD locally and upgrade in place. Do i then need to purchase 2019 license to be able to do that? I would prefer to have the cost included in the monthly billing.

Do let me know, thanks!

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  1. SadiqhAhmed-MSFT 38,891 Reputation points Microsoft Employee
    2022-03-14T14:11:38.84+00:00

    Hello @Aqil Hidayat - Welcome to Microsoft Q&A community forum!

    Thank you for choosing Microsoft Azure. Please find the answers to your questions below:

    1) I currently have on-premise servers that is currently on 2012R2, if migrating to Azure, can I specify it to use a 2019 image on Azure? The license will be included in the monthly billing from Azure.

    • Azure Migrate does not support server OS upgrade scenario during migration. Currently, it's just lift and shift. It's on the road-map but will not get delivered before year end.

    2) If number 1 is not possible, the workaround is to pull the VHD locally and upgrade in place. Do i then need to purchase 2019 license to be able to do that? I would prefer to have the cost included in the monthly billing.

    • The license to run Windows Server in the Azure environment is by default included in the per-minute cost of your Windows Virtual Machine.

    Licenses for use of Windows Server on-premises (whether in a virtual hard disk (VHD) or otherwise) must be obtained separately through volume licensing.

    You can refer to below articles as well for more information:

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/product-licensing/azure
    https://azure.microsoft.com/en-in/pricing/licensing-faq/

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