Microsoft Licenses with VMWare?

Hi Experts,

Can any one share some good link where i can see the licenses of MS Server 2012?

My basic query is :

1. If I buy One Open MS Server 2012 Std. license, how many max. virtual server I can install in One Host/physical server, if I use as a VMWare vShpere Essential Plus license,

2. If I downgrade One MS 2012 Std. license to MS 2008 how many & licenses I will get to use in Virtual environment with regards to VMWare vShpere?

3. How MS 2012 licenses works with regards to automatically moving One VM from Host#1 to Host#2 in case of any failure..

I have to place an order to Microsoft to buy some license but I am really in fix...

would be great if some one can advice me with MS links to clarify my doughs,

awaiting for you experts to advice me in correct way,

thanks in advance...
dxbdxb2009Asked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. 2 virtual servers are included with your Standard License.

http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/D/B/4DB352D1-C610-466A-9AAF-EEF4F4CFFF27/WS2012_Licensing-Pricing_FAQ.pdf

2. 2 (1 - Windows 2012 and 1- Windows 2008 R2)

If you have Windows Server 2012 Standard edition, you will have the right to downgrade your OS to any prior version of Enterprise, Standard or Essentials editions.

 http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/buy.aspx

3. You need to have adequate licenses for both hosts. So that would be two copies of Windows 2012 Standard per VMware Host, 2 VMs per Host.

But it' still worth discussing these issues with Microsoft Licensing, in your Region!
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MysidiaCommented:
Q1.   The answer is 2 virtual servers.
(You aren't allowed to use the physical instance license, in this case,  when running a different hypervisor)

"2. If I downgrade One MS 2012 Std. license to MS 2008 how many & licenses I will get to use in Virtual environment with regards to VMWare vShpere?"

The numbers do not change.   You are required to follow the 2012 licensing rules;  even though you can downgrade your bits.


"3. How MS 2012 licenses works with regards to automatically moving One VM from Host#1 to Host#2 in case of any failure.."

You need to license the physical CPUs on all the hosts in a HA cluster.

The 2012 licenses allow you to  reassign them to a different server  once every 90 days, or if a host  fails permanently.     But   features such as  vSphere HA  and DRS;  when you are operating in a cluster  can migrate workloads when a host has not permanently failed.

Therefore;  you need to license every physical host  in a HA cluster  that a VM is allowed to run on to run all the VMs.

You also need to license hosts that you might vMotion the virtual machine to.


The 2012 licenses include "cold" disaster recovery rights.
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Rob StoneCommented:
Nothing really to add, but here is the link from MS for completion (the PDF is for 2012 even though the URL is 2008):
http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/briefs/win2008-virtual.aspx

Depending how many VM's you plan to use in the future, it's worth looking at Datacentre too. Granted it's a fair bit more up front but you can then have unlimited VM's on the host it's licensed for.  Alternatively, you can look at upgrading your license in the future (can't remember if you need software assurance for that).
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dxbdxb2009Author Commented:
thanks guys for your responds...
asked MS license experts as well..waiting for there responds...
will keep you guys posted...
pls bear with me..
thanks....
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