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Dear All,

In windows 2012, if we have windows 2012 Datacenter host Hyper-V server then all VM's will be a free windows licenses, I need to ask for VMware environment, what's the situation there?  

Is there a same free licenses for VMware?

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Is there a same free licenses for VMware?
- No, Guest OS licenses still need to be licensed correctly on the Hypervisor.

Your server licenses will be FREE, not ALL Microsoft Products!

You will still need licenses for Office, Visual Studio, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 etc

You still need to purchase a Windows 2012 Datacentre license per processor in the host.

and you will still need to purchase VMware vSphere Licenses.

VMware offers licenses for VMware Products.

Microsoft offers licenses for Microsoft Products.

If you are using Microsoft Windows!
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Microsoft one data center license covers TWO physical processors (No matter how many cores you have per processor),
If you have Four physical processors with one \ two VMware servers, you need to buy 2 x 2012 Data center licenses
Then you are eligible to run n number of VMs per VMware Server
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Dear Mahesh,

If i purchase two windows 2012 DC for my two VMware host servers, then i can run unlimited guest VM's on those two hosts??
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For a very detailed explanation of how to understand how many 2012 licenses you need for a given scenario see this very good Hyper-V blog

in short, each 2012 datacentre license covers you for ANY number of VM's running on a MAXIMUM of 2 CPU's in a single Host.

If your host has more than 2 CPU's then you need more copies of Datacentre.

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2 hosts with 4 CPU's each, you will need 4 2012 Datacenter Licenses.
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@Rhala

Yes, that is generally considered the cheapest method of licensing Guest  VMs for VMware Hosts.
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One DC license covers TWO Physical CPUs

Now you can calculate

If you have single physical CPU per server and if you have TWO physical servers, you still require 2 DC licenses

If you have TWO physical CPUs per server and if you have TWO physical servers, still you need 2 DC licenses only

Attached sheet here from MS for complete info.
Check
Windows-Server-2012-R2-Licensing-Datashe
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That is exactly what I just explained and posted the link to the blog giving all possible scenarios and explanations.
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There is no distinction between Hyper-V and VMware when it comes to licensing of Windows Server.  The stipulation being and really only applies to Server Standard is that the host o/s must only have the hyper-v Role.
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