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atnixon69
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Hi Folks,

 

I have a customer running Server 2012 (not r2) as a HyperV with 2 vm's. We are looking to replace this with a new server running 2019 standard.

So, the original server was supplied with HP ROK licencing, as will the new one. But, where do we stand with the transfer of licences by moving the 2 vm's to new hardware? Are the 2 Server 2012 vm's going to be covered by the two 2019 licences that can be used on a single server 2019 licence by way of Downgrade rights?

 

We dont want to upgrade the two VM's operating system as part of this migration. So, looking at what is gouing to be the best way forward with licencing.

 

Cheers

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Only the host is 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. 

https://download.microsoft.com/download/7/C/E/7CED6910-C7B2-4196-8C55-208EE0B427E2/Windows_Server_20...

 

If the host were DataCenter edition then AVMA keys could be used.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started-19/vm-activation-19

 

Since your situation is not covered here, there may be no advantage to changing the host operating system. I'd suggest discussing your option with your reseller's trained licensing specialist or ask microsoft directly.

https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/servicecenter/Help/Contact.aspx

 

 

 

@Dave PatrickNot quite sure you've understood my question here. I'm fully aware of how Server 2019 is licenced. What i'm after finding out is (i'll word it differently) if I export a VM out of a Server 2012 licenced HyperV physical server, import it into a 2019 HyperV physical server, is the Server 2012 licence still legal / valid?

 

Cheers

No they would not since only the host is licensed. A Standard Server 2019 product key can only be used to activate a Standard Server 2019 instance.

 

 

@Dave PatrickOk, that makes sense...Which leads me on too...What If I purchased a Server 2019 Open Licence, rather than the Reseller Option Kit with hardware, that should then provide me with downgrade rights and then the Server 2012's could be licenced via downgrade rights?

Probably yes, (assumes you'll install 2012 on host) in that case you might want to investigate the possibility of transferring the host license from old server to new server. As far as I know when you downgrade a product then the original product (and key) is no longer valid to use. In both cases better to discuss these legal licensing issues with your reseller's trained licensing specialist or ask microsoft volume center directly.

 

 

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