1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 8, 2018 3:58 AM by a.p.

    Windows 2012 license on ESXi 6.5

    ajithkt22 Lurker

      In a Windows 2012 standard license we can have only 2 VMs; so in one ESXi server(of any sockets) we can host a maximum of 2 VMs; so in my environment we have 3 esxi hosts in a cluster with each running 2 VMs.

       

      so please let me know how much Windows standard/Datacenter license should I procure.

       

      As per my understanding; i will require 3 datacenter licenses.

       

      We cannot have 3 standard windows license because we can have only 2 VMs per host (3 servers); this is OK in ideal case scenario.

       

      But if we need to move one VM from one ESXi host to another i.e

      ESXi 1 having 1 VMs

      ESXi 2 having 3 VMs ---> violation of licensing

      ESXi 3 having 2 VMs

      then it will be a violation of the licensing policies.

       

      Please correct if my understanding is wrong.

        • 1. Re: Windows 2012 license on ESXi 6.5
          a.p. Guru
          Community WarriorsvExpertUser Moderators

          Licensing is difficult, so you may want to double-check with the vendor to be on safe!

          Here's how I understand Windows 2012 licensing.

          In a Windows 2012 standard license we can have only 2 VMs; so in one ESXi server(of any sockets) we can host a maximum of 2 VMs;

          That's not quite correct, the a Windows 2012 Standard edition license only covers 2 sockets.

          Let's assume you have tree 2 socket hosts, and 6 VMs which can be migrated (up to 6 VM's on a single host).

          In this case you either need to have a 2 socket Datactenter license for each host, or do peak licensing with the Standard edition, i.e. have 3 Standard Editions for each host.

           

          André

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