Windows Server 2019 + hyper-v licensing question?

danswartz

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So I've been trying to figure out what I need to do. I've spent several months playing with 2 WS-2019 VMs under esxi 6.7. No licensing yet. I intend to, since I'm happy with the results. I *am* thinking of migrating to Hyper-V, but am not sure what I am supposed to do. From what I read, if I fully license the physical server (currently running esxi 6.7) for WS-2019 with the Hyper-V role (2 8-core sockets), that should cover 2 virtual WS-2019 guests, so I'd be good there. My confusion: I understand that if I install Hyper-V alone, there is no expiration, so I don't need to license it. But, I am addicted to doing stuff in the GUI, so I'd rather go the route of installing WS-2019 + Hyper-V role. What I don't understand is: if I apply the license key to the physical server, how do I license the guests? All the articles I've read explain all kinds of other esoterica, but not this :( Do I apply the same license key to the 2 guests, and the Microsoft licensing servers 'figure it all out'? Something else?
 

ND40oz

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Generally, if you use Standard licensing on the host you can run two VMs, it you use Datacenter licensing you can run as many as want.
 

VoloxitySF

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AVMA Keys never worked for me in Standard. I've always ended up using the same product key three times. Host, VM1, VM2. Doesn't hurt to try AVMA though.
 

robijito123

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I think there is also a notion of core counts in 2k19 for std in sets of 4 physical cores depending on how you license.
 

Kardonxt

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AVMA Keys never worked for me in Standard. I've always ended up using the same product key three times. Host, VM1, VM2. Doesn't hurt to try AVMA though.
I use the standard keys this way too. I have never had any trouble.
 
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