How should I licence Windows Server when I need to run recovered instances at a secondary site?

The servers need to be fully licenced with Windows Server licences. If the customer has active Software Assurance coverage on their Windows Server at the primary site, they may deploy Windows Server at the secondary site through the Disaster Recovery Software Assurance benefit for non-production disaster recovery purposes only. Consult the Product Use Rights (PUR) to determine if customer usage meets the Disaster Recovery Software Assurance benefit criteria.

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Related questions and answers

  • Windows Server should be licenced via your Services Provider Licence Agreement (SPLA).

  • Azure does not support persistent MAC addresses, and so software with MAC based license models can't be used for both on-premises to Azure migration or disaster recovery.

  • Windows Server can be licenced via your SPLA agreement or via the end customer’s licence if they qualify for the Disaster Recovery Software Assurance benefit.

  • Azure Hybrid Benefit is applicable to all customers with active Software Assurance and can be activated in Azure regardless of how Azure is being procured (Enterprise Agreement, Cloud Solution Provider and others).

  • The Azure Hybrid Benefit helps you get the most value from licences on-premises and in the cloud. It lets you use your Windows Server licences with Software Assurance for virtual machines at the base compute rate, resulting in up to 40 percent savings or more across all Azure regions. Use your Hybrid Benefit while migrating your Windows servers to Azure. Learn more.

  • Please refer to the licensing terms of your third-party application.