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  • 1.  Licensing VSAN Nodes with MS Server VMS

    Posted Jun 17, 2020 07:00 AM

    Hi Experts,

    Please help clarify how to license  Mircosoft Server Standard License on VSAN nodes

    Equipment
    3 VSAN nodes
    Each node has 1processor 16 cores cpu
    Requirement 2 Microsoft standard virtual machine

    Do I need to license all the nodes  to get 2 Microsoft Standard virtual machine


    Example
    3 VSAN nodes + 3x Window Server Standard 16 core = 2 VMS
    What if I add 1 VSAN Node (Total of 4 nodes) do I need to to change to 4x Windows server standard 16 core =2 VMS

    Or is it license as

    1 VSAN node where the VM is running =1x Window Server Standard 16 core
    1 VSAN node incase of failover= 1x Windows Server standard 16 core

    Total of 2x Windows Server standard 16 core = 2VMS

    Thank you



  • 2.  RE: Licensing VSAN Nodes with MS Server VMS

    Posted Jun 17, 2020 09:04 AM

    You should ask this in a Microsoft forum. Of course every vSphere Admin can answer this as well because microsoft doesnt make a difference when speaking of Hypervisor solutions.

    A Windows Server license is bind to the HW when installed/powered on. If you never migrate (vMotion , HA, $Whatever) the OSI away you licensed this Host and its CPU and youre done.

    If you change the OSI(VM) to another HW:

    I you have Server Std. OEM its not allowed. Solution is to buy licences for all other Hosts/CPUs as well

    If you have Server Std. OpenLIC/Value you can reassign the license every 60 Days. If you would like to vMotion/HA earlier you have to license all the other Hosts/CPUs as well,

    If you have Server DataCenter OEM/OpenLic/Value and you have licensed all effected Hosts than you can migrate and move around the VM every second if you like.

    If you have a 3 Node Cluster and HA can restart a VM on every of the 3 Hosts than you need a Windows license for ever Host.

    If you have Application as MS SQL/Exchange than the next challenge is coming :smileywink:

    Regards,
    Joerg