Help me understand Windows Server licensing

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Hello,

This was sold to costumer:

- 1 x Windows Server 2019 Standard,16CORE,Digitally Fulfilled Recovery Image
- 1 x Windows Server 2019 Standard,16CORE,FI,No Med, No CAL, Multi Language
- 1 x Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Standard,OEM, Includes 5 USER CALs, NFI, ENGLISH
- 2 x Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Standard, 5 USER CALs Only OEM, No Media, NFI
- 1 x 5-pack of Windows Server 2019/2016 User CALs (Standard or Datacenter)
- 1 x 10-pack of Windows Server 2019/2016 User CALs (Standard or Datacenter)
- 2 x 5-pack of Windows Server 2019 Remote Desktop Services, User

Hardware I have PowerEdge R440 Server with 1 x Intel Xeon Silver 4210R 2.4G, 10C/20T, 9.6GT/s

On the server there is already preinstalled Windows Server 2019 Standard (from manufacturer preinstall) and I would like to setup hyper-v with virtual machines.

Do I get more installs if I choose to go Windows Server Core 2019 instead full GUI?

How many virtual machines I can setup while staying within licensing that was sold? Also what are the options to setup remote desktop services with this license?

I have read https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/pricing but I still do not understand how many virtual machines I can setup.

Thank you.

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Do I get more installs if I choose to go Windows Server Core 2019 instead full GUI?

No, its the same either way.

 Some general info

- Each host needs to be licensed.
- A minimum of 8 core licenses is required for each physical processor and a minimum of 16 core licenses is required for each server.
- Core licenses are sold in packs of two.
- Standard Edition provides rights for up to 2 Operating System Environments or Windows Servers containers with Hyper-V isolation when all physical cores in the server are licensed. For each additional 1 or 2 VMs, all the physical cores in the server must be licensed again.
- DataCenter Edition provides rights for unlimited Operating System Environments or Windows Servers containers with Hyper-V isolation when all physical cores in the server are licensed.

 

https://download.microsoft.com/download/7/C/E/7CED6910-C7B2-4196-8C55-208EE0B427E2/Windows_Server_20...

 

 

Hey Dave.

can you please help me. i have a server with 2x 20 core processor. which mean total number of cores are 40.

i want to run total 4 VM's on it. how many licenses should i purchase in order to get the 4 VM's?
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