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Licensing brief: Licensing Microsoft server products for use in virtual environments

Applies to all Volume Licensing programs


The purpose of this brief is to give an overview of Microsoft licensing models for the server operating system and server applications under virtual environments. It can help you understand how to use Microsoft server products with virtualization technologies, such as Microsoft Hyper-V technology, or third-party virtualization solutions provided by VMware and Parallels.

Although much of the information in this paper also applies to licenses purchased from channels other than Microsoft Volume Licensing, some differences exist. As a result, we recommend that you review the license terms that accompanied your software if you acquired licenses through a means other than a Microsoft Volume Licensing agreement.

What’s new in this brief

This brief replaces the previous version of the brief that was published in April 2014. It has been updated to reflect SQL Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2016.

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