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The purpose of this white paper 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 white 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. br>
This is an update to the "Licensing Microsoft Server Products in Virtual Environments" Volume Licensing brief published in April 2012. It includes updated references and diagrams to all current Microsoft licensed products.
The brief has been updated for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
Licensing Microsoft Server Products for Use in Virtual Environments (PDF, 1.62 MB)
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