Windows licensing question
Posted on 2014-09-29
I have a server that is running free Windows 2012 Hyper-V server
I have 3 Win 8.1 Pro virtual machines running in Hyper-V.
In this scenario, my understanding is that I only need to purchase 3 Win 8.1 Pro (full) licenses for Approx $180 each.
This would essentially create a virtual peer to peer network and each virtual machine could have one user connected via remote desktop.
My incremental software cost to add another virtual machine would be just the $180 for a 4th win 8.1 Pro license.
Now if I decide I need to bring a file server and Active Directory in to the mix, then the licensing would look like this? -
Free Hyper Server $0
Windows 2012 Server Standard with 5 CALs - Approx. $750
Windows 8.1 Pro X 4 = $180 x 4 = $720
I realize these scenarios may sound strange, but from a pure licensing standpoint, does it make sense?