Windows Server 2019 Datacenter host and Windows Server 2019 Standard Virtual Machine / Activation

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Hello everyone.

I have a question about VM activation with Ws 2019 DC  host.

Can I  activate Windows Server 2019 Standard Guest VM on Windows Server 2019 Datacenter host with Datacenter key?

Or I need to convert VM OS from Standard edition to Datacenter?

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If you Virtualization Host runs a correctly licensed version of Windows Server 2019 Datacenter, it can use AVMA to activate any WS2019, WS2016 and WS2012R2 VM (Datacenter and Standard). Just provide the correct AVMA-Key for the VM and it will activate automatically via the host.
You can get a list of all needed AVMA-Keys here:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started-19/vm-activation-19