Product licensing briefs


Licensing briefs provide in-depth knowledge of licensing topics. They are particularly useful for learning about complex licensing situations involving new technologies or combinations of products.

General Servers Desktop Virtualization

Virtualization


December 2017
Provides an overview of Microsoft licensing models for the server operating system and server applications under virtual environments.

October 2017
Discusses how Windows Server is licensed when used with virtualization technologies like VMware ESX/ESXi, Microsoft System Center (Virtual Machine Manager component), or under the Microsoft Azure Hybrid Benefit.

September 2018
Clarifies Microsoft licensing policies for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and Microsoft desktop applications for use with Windows Server RDS.

August 2015
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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