Windows 2012 HyperV -- Replica licensing ?

I currently have 3 Windows Server 2012
licenses for my 3 physical hosts and 5 VMs.

I assume if I do Hyper-V 2012 Replica
I will need more Windows Server 2012
licenses since it will be like below ?

  ** host #1 = 1 VM
       --> also has 2 VMs
           from host #3 replica
       --> purchase an extra Windows
           Server Standard 2012 license

  ** host #2 = 1 VM
       --> also has 1 VM
           from host #1 replica

  ** host #3 = 2 VMs
       --> also has 1 VM
           from host #2 replica
       --> purchase an extra Windows
           Server Standard 2012 license
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Your logic looks correct, but as always licensing advice here is not legally binding. Microsoft presales is always a worthwhile call when in doubt.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
My understanding is:
Non-OEM Licenses are transferrable once every 90 days or longer under normal circumstances.  EXCEPTIONS are made for hardware failure.  What I'm NOT clear on is what level of hardware failure (is it any failure or failure beyond repair only?).  But since this is a licensing issue, you should consult with Microsoft for certainty.  

Now that said, it is also my understanding that the ACT of replicating does not require a license.  Bringing the replica online DOES.  SO... by that logic, you can replicate all you want so long as you don't turn them on without the need for any additional licenses.  You CAN bring the replica online *IF* the hardware of original host has failed*.

Again, you're asking licensing questions, so you need to consult with Microsoft.

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DLeaverCommented:
It depends on the licensing you are using.  If you have Volume licensing with SA then you get the Disaster Recovery rights option, which allows you to run VM's (and hyper-v) without licensing them.  The 90 day rules outlined above still apply.

You cannot use the Hyper-v host in the DR locations for anything else other than a hypervisor to host the replicas - MS datasheet attached, scroll down to the FAQ's for the DR details

Without SA then you would need to license all of them as per your original config in the question

Also, assuming here that you are using hosts with max 2 physical procs.
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