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I am using Windows Server 2012 R2 and Hyper-V role enable.

My understanding is I can use 1 physical instance with Hyper-V role enabled to manage Hyper-V and this should  give me 2 Virtual instances of Windows Server 2012 R2.

Am I correct in this assumption

Also If this is correct can I install a 3rd non Windows Server 2012 instance e.g Server 2008 R2 with a license on it or will it affect the licensing of the other 2.

Thanks in advance
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Yup,and no it will not affect the 2012 vm count.

You can install whatever supported  OS you want and not void the agreement.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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2012 Standard is one physical with just hyper-v role and 2 Virtual Server 2012 Standard, plus whatever other operating systems you are licensed for.
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by:Michael Ortega (Internetwerx, Inc.)
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To expound a little further, the virtual licensing you receive is always consistent with the licenses you buy. For example, if you decided to buy another 2012 Standard license you would then be entitled to another 2 virtual instances. If it's OpenLicensing then you're also entitled to previous server versions, e.g. Buy 1 2012 Standard OpenLicense and you can deploy 1 virtual 2012 Standard server and another 2008 R2 Standard server.

If you have any other servers that you purchased OpenLicenses for you can migrate those licenses onto your new Hyper-V host as well...provided it's a supported version of Windows.

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When installing the Hyper-V instances do i use the same license key as only 1 is provided.
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Yes.
It will then register w M$ in the cloud to activate.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Yes.

Understand, Hyper-V is not licensed by VMs.  You could run 100 VMs with no additional licenses... *IF* the VMs are running linux.  If you want to run Windows VM, each VM of WINDOWS needs a license - a standard Windows license provides TWO Windows VM Licenses.
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Minor distinction. Standard gives you licensing for 2 VMs on a single physical machine. You CANNOT install 2 VMs on two different machines, splitting the license. There are other nuances as well, such as installing other roles on the physical instance that can negate virtualization rights. Licensing must be planned carefully. Don't try to wing it.
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I appreciate all your comments. I have taken all comments on board and have installed
the physical Server 2012 with only Hyper-V Role and the 2 Server 2012 instances on the same machine. All have been licensed succesfully.

Thank you all for your comments and advice...
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