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JFNK-9757 asked WesMiller-6499 commented

Windows 10 Licence for Azure

Hi

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?

Thanks

Jeremy

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Nice - I had the same question!

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Sam-Cogan answered WesMiller-6499 commented

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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Thanks for the clarification!

Just to add: Microsoft can easily provide a Windows 10 license in built into the VMs as a paid feature - just like server inbuilt paid license VMs!
That way no need to worry (for the customer) of choosing the right Windows 10 VM and license!

Why the need for the extra step of purchasing a Windows 10 license?

Another thought: For Windows 10 VM if customer has to buy the license separately - he/she might go to another vendor for the VM?

For Windows VM the option for Windows Server (currently) looks like the only option...

Cheers !!

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“Windows 10 VM if customer has to buy the license separately - he/she might go to another vendor for the VM?“

There isn’t any other large hosting provider where you can purchase Windows for VDI on a pay as you go basis either. For Amazon, Google, or Alibaba, in particular, you’d need to pay for an even more expensive license on-premises than Azure requires.

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JFNK-9757 answered

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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