VM Failover server, questions about licenses

I will setup a host server to host 4 VMs via MS Server 2012 Hyper-V Role. I am also considering to setup a failover server to "mirror" the  host server.

Does this mean that I will have to buy the same amount of server licenses and CALs running on the VMs for the failover server? That's gonna be lots money!

Please kindly clarify

Thanks
Jack
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SeanConnect With a Mentor System EngineerCommented:
No, according to Microsoft you only need to buy the licenses for the VMs or proc depending on the what version of OS you are using. in a fail over situation you need not worry unless you have them balanced across both hosts, ie 2 vms on 1 host and 2 vms on another.

https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/briefs/virtual-licensing.aspx

they are quite confusing at times i would call microsoft and chat with them about it if you still have questions.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No, because these VMs will be for Failover use.

So you will be fine with the current licenses you have.
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Y YconsultantAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much!
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