Windows Server Data Center Edition – Unlimited Virtual Machines

AlexVPerl asked:

Need some clarification on the following.

Data Center Edition description lists:

Can be used as virtualization guest: Yes, unlimited virtual machines,
plus one Hyper-V host per license

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started-19/editions-comparison-19

The way I understand it is, that I can create unlimited guest virtual machines without additional keys.

Is my understanding correct?

If not, please explain.

If yes, how do I go about creating guest virtual machines from the host’s license?

My answer:


Windows VMs running on Datacenter are licensed through Automatic Virtual Machine Activation, which lets a VM activate via the Hyper-V service on the host.

All you need to do is to provision the VM with the appropriate AVMA product key, which are provided in Microsoft’s documentation.


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