vanwa
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Windows 2012 R2 standard license

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Hi, all

I have a question regarding the Windows 2012 R2 standard running on VMWare 5.5.

How many Windows 2012 R2 guests can run per VMWare 5.5 host for each Windows 2012 R2 standsard license we buy?

For example, if we buy 1 Windows license, can we install 2 Windows on 1 VMWare host?

Thank you very much.

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bradley4681
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You can install 2 windows 2012 guests on VMware with a standard license if your host only has 2 physical CPU sockets. If you have more then 2 physical CPUs(Sockets) in the host you will need additional licneses as each physical cpu on the host must be licensed.

7 Things you should know about licensing Windows 2012 R2 on VMware

https://www.vmguru.com/2014/05/7-things-you-should-know-about-windows-2012r2-licensing-on-vmware/

Microsoft Official Licensing Guide for Visualization

http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/D/4/3D42BDC2-6725-4B29-B75A-A5B04179958B/WindowsServer2012V...

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bradley4681
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You can install 2 windows 2012 guests on VMware with a standard license if your host only has 2 physical CPU sockets. If you have more then 2 physical CPUs(Sockets) in the host you will need additional licneses as each physical cpu on the host must be licensed.

7 Things you should know about licensing Windows 2012 R2 on VMware

https://www.vmguru.com/2014/05/7-things-you-should-know-about-windows-2012r2-licensing-on-vmware/

Microsoft Official Licensing Guide for Visualization

http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/D/4/3D42BDC2-6725-4B29-B75A-A5B04179958B/WindowsServer2012V...

Cheers! If you found this or other information useful, please consider awarding points for "Correct" or "Helpful".

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vanwa
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Thank you for the short summary!

I read the second link PDF and was very confused.

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