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    I am running Standard 2012R2 two node cluster of hyper-v.Aware of the fact that can run 2 vm per node inside for free or can also downgrade rights.
    We already have one separate 2008R2 Standard edition license with us having 50 cals.My question is if can I run this as guest OS inside hyper-v cluster of 2012.I think yes.
    If that is true what is going to happen in case of HA and Live Migration.If one host goes down,will the remaining host in cluster (where 2008R2 VM) will move going to be licensed separately or does it going to get inheritance from parent 2012R2 standard license.
    I am one hand breaking inheritance at Node1 and expecting to be followed on other,which is conflicting.
    I have doubts hence thought of having opinion of experts.
    Only cost saving we looking by saving the cost for 50 cals.


  • #2
    Re: Guest OS license question Inside 2012 Hyper-V cluster

    The only definitive answers to Microsoft licensing questions are direct from Microsoft in writing. Even then, you ask three different licensing experts and choose the most favourable of the four or more totally different answers you will get
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    • #3
      Re: Guest OS license question Inside 2012 Hyper-V cluster

      My understanding is this:
      You have 2012 Licensing, which allows you to run two * guests.
      I assume you have a 2012 licence for each of the two nodes in your cluster and you're running in an active/passive style setup.

      I am going to assume that on your cluster, you are running 2x Windows 2012 Guests.
      You want an additional 1x 2008 Guest. You have a licence for this guest.
      Let's leave the CALs out of the equation.
      the above link tells me "Prior to running an instance
      of Windows Server software (loading it into memory and executing one or more of
      its instructions) customers must assign a Windows Server license to a physical server."

      So, assuming you're already running 2x2012 guests, you must have an additional 2008 server licence.

      ** i am not a licensing specialist. It is your responsibility to confirm your licensing status. having been through a BSA audit on behalf of a client, it's not fun.
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      • #4
        Re: Guest OS license question Inside 2012 Hyper-V cluster

        And when you pass Go you collect $200. Licencing explained. Well, it makes as much sense.
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