Licensing for virtual environments

Microsoft offers a comprehensive set of virtualization products from the data center to the desktop for managing both physical and virtual assets from a single platform. Virtualization helps organizations lower costs, improve business continuity, and enable greater business agility.

Microsoft's licensing for virtualization environments supports the flexible ways you can deploy Microsoft solutions.

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Debra Goss-Seeger, Senior Partner/Channel Marketing Manager, Worldwide Licensing and Pricing

In this short video, Debra Goss-Seeger discusses basic principles that determine how Microsoft licenses its products, and how products are licensed when used for virtualization.

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Licensing Microsoft server products for use in virtual environments(PDF 2.14 MB)

Provides an overview of Microsoft licensing models for the server operating system and server applications under virtual environments.

Licensing Windows Server 2012 R2 RDS and Microsoft desktop applications for use with RDS(PDF, 507 KB)

Clarifies Microsoft licensing policies for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS)—including the new components that are in Windows Server and Microsoft desktop applications for use with Windows Server RDS.

Licensing Windows desktop operating system for use with virtual machines(PDF, 269 KB)

Provides an overview of the Microsoft Volume Licensing use rights for the Windows 10 operating system when running within virtual machines.

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