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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 brief replaces the previous version of the brief that was published in January 2013. It has been updated to reflect Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2, and Microsoft Exchange Server 2013.
Licensing Microsoft Server Products for Use in Virtual Environments (PDF, 828 KB)
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