Currently, Microsoft customers who want to build a highly functional Hyper-V environment can choose between two deployment options: Unfortunately, when choosing between the two options, customers rarely consider the implications that go along with each of them, especially in terms of licensing. This blog post compares the Hyper-V role on Windows Server and free Hyper-V Server and outlines the virtualization rights and licensing rules that each of these options provides. Hyper-V Server is ready for use right after the installation operation is complete. As for Windows Server , you first need to install Windows Server and then manually enable the Hyper-V role on your computer. Apart from the Hyper-V role, Windows Server also includes various server roles and features, thus, providing more advanced functionality than the Hyper-V Server. VM management. As for the Hyper-V role on Windows Server , you can use a wide set of management and monitoring tools , including both command line and graphical user interfaces. You have to purchase an expensive Windows Server license before you can enable and use the Hyper-V role.
It is a console installation, with just a command prompt as an interface, so management is done either remotely, or through the command line. Second, both Editions include licenses for virtual machine OSEs: Standard and Datacenter licenses are assigned to hardware — specifically they are assigned to cores. There are, of course, additional rules as to how Standard and Datacenter Edition licenses can be applied. If your server has more than 16 cores, you will need to apply enough additional Edition licenses in 2 core increments to cover all the processors You cannot mix Standard and Datacenter licenses If a virtualization host has multiple Standard Edition licenses, you get 2x VM OSE licenses for each Standard Edition license If a virtual machine moves from one virtualization host to another, the virtual machine OSE license does not move with it — since the OSE licenses for the virtual machines are tied to the processor, the new virtualization server must also have a license for the OSE for that virtual machine. However, the costs will be the same regardless of the hypervisor in use.
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Customers can choose from three primary editions of Windows. Server, based on the size of the organization as well as virtualization and datacenter. Sep 13, - Understanding Windows Server Licensing that this post will focus on the “core editions” of Windows Server, Standard, and Datacenter. The Datacenter licensing will cover all Windows Server VMs from NT - that you can run on the host. Note that you need to license at least 16 cores per host, but you have This means that your licensing is 50% greater than the minimum required.[SOLVED] Datacenter setup and licensing.