Windows 10 Licence for Azure

asked 2020-08-26T20:27:41.1+00:00
JFNK 71 Reputation points


I am setting up a windows 10 VM in Azure. I've done this before, but this time it is asking me to tick a box to confirm I have "an eligible Windows 10 licence with multi-tenant hosting rights", which I have not seen before..

I understood that OS licences were included in the cost of the VM in Azure, but is that no longer the case for Windows 10?

If the licence isn't included in the cost, what exactly do I need to buy for a single VM running regular Win10 Pro. I tried Googling, but nothing gives a simple answer to what I thought would be a simple question.

Can anyone help?



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  1. answered 2020-08-26T22:05:23.71+00:00
    Sam Cogan 7,362 Reputation points Microsoft MVP

    Client OS licences have never been available as part of the VM price in Azure, only Server licences. If you wish to use Windows 10 VM's you will need to bring your own licences.

    You need Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5 per user or Windows Virtual Desktop Access per user (User Subscription Licenses or Add-on User Subscription Licenses), Multitenant Hosting Rights for Windows 10 licences.

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  1. answered 2020-08-26T22:25:17.45+00:00
    JFNK 71 Reputation points

    Thanks Sam

    Never knew that. I guess the tick box must be a new addition to draw people's attention to it, and enforce it. Best be getting a licence then

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