Nov 11, 2016 - 04:06 AM
If you use the Windows at host level to also do "proper windows server stuff", then you would need an additional license - 1 Per Physical install, the exception is purely around management of VMs.
Product Terms is the main source of information (renamed PUR) and thats where you've been looking, so best source of information however unclear!
You can run any previous versions of Windows in your VM as the license carry downgrade rights. If you have Std 2008 R2 or previous licenses they are either 1 virtual or 1 physical, so you stack that route.
hope this helps
Nov 11, 2016 - 08:15 AM
Nov 15, 2016 - 07:49 AM
So, does having Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 as host level mean you can only licence that host with either Windows Server 2012 Stanadard or Datacentre? or could you use Windows Server 2008? I know Hyper-V is a "free" piece of software but you still to licence it if you have production
virtual machines on it.
For example you have Windows Server Hyper-V 2012 at host level on that host you have 2 x virtual Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard machines. Again is it acceptable to licence the host with a Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard licence. I know you can apply downgrade rights with a Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard licence, but if you could licence it with 2008 then it would make more sense to do so.
Many thanks for any advise/thoughts.
Nov 15, 2016 - 09:17 AM
HyperV is the tool/service which is part of Windows. The license (WinStd2012) itself allows you to downgrade the version. You can run previous Std under a Windows 2012 license.
If you are running 2008 you can use 2008 Licenses - although they are 1 VM per license so you would need 2. (I think this is what you are asking)
Nov 16, 2016 - 12:31 AM