Azure 2012 Standard vs Datacenter


I'm trying to create a new VM in Azure but  there is no option for 2012 R2 Standard. Only option is Datacenter. Is this what Microsoft intendeds, to not support Standard anymore? Does it matter if I go with the Datacenter version? I know I can upload a Standard OS from on-premise but it would take 24 hours to transfer it.

Thank you!
Alan DalaITAsked:
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Is there a reason you'd want standard instead of datacenter?? There is zero benefit to choosing standard over datacenter. On premises the only benefit is cost, but since azure charges per compute hours and the cost for a windows VM is the same regardless of edition, I can't fathom why somebody would intentionally want  it isn't any indication of Microsoft's future support plans on premises. It is just a reflection of the unique differences of a cloud provider.
Alan DalaITAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your response!

The only thing that I'm worried about is the possibility of migrating back and forth to the on-premise infrastructure if necessary. Could that cause an issue?

Thanks again!
You generally don't Migrate Server by copying the image data back and forth.  You would be creating primary domain controller, then secondaries and promoting and demoting their server roles.

If you have data, you would be migrating that separately.
Alan DalaITAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your response.

I'm not sure I understand what you mean by 'primary domain controller'. I just need to have the option of moving VMs from Azure to on-premise if necessary. I have a site to site VPN from my network to azure so basically I'm on the same domain. I just wanted to make sure I'm not running into issues if I go with the 'Datacenter' version.

Cliff GaliherCommented:
What you are describing is "locnse mobility" and the rules there get very complex very quickly. Yes, you could get in trouble if you don't have datacenter licenses. But you could also get in trouble putting standard up in azure. You'll want to work with licsing specialists to plan for what you want. Don't do it off the cuff. And definitely don't rely on volunteer forums (like Experts Exchange) for legal advice.

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