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Licensing question re Windows 2012 Essentials

Posted on 2016-10-20
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I am having difficulty understanding the licensing restrictions regarding VMs on Windows 2012 Essentials.  I need two servers, one to function solely as a domain controller and one to run a SQL server application and share files.  The licensing info I read indicates that Essentials can be installed with the HyperV role and can support one virtual machine.  Could the HyperV host function as my domain controller with the single VM functioning as my SQL server?  Or do I need to use Windows 2012 Standard and set up two VMs?
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Could the HyperV host function as my domain controller with the single VM functioning as my SQL server?

You would be in  breach of the licensing conditions, which allows you only to add the Hyper-V Role to the host, and then add a single VM, which could have those roles. You are not allowed to add any other roles to the Host, other than Hyper-V, so Domain Controller and SQL roles are not allowed.

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/sbs/2013/09/03/understanding-licensing-for-windows-server-2012-r2-essentials-and-the-windows-server-essentials-experience-role/

You would be better using Standard, which entitles you to two VMs.
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Thank you.
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