Can I run Win Server 2016 (Standard) on Base Machine + 2 VMs? RRS feed

  • Question

  • How many license require for this setup .

    “if we use base machine which have windows 2016 server installed and we configure it as an additional domain controller and installed Hyper V also. In the hyper v, we run two other  virtual machine then would be require only 1 windows 2016 standard edition  or more ? will this 1 license cover three machine ( 1 host machine and 2 virtual machine)

    If you can answer that’s very good.


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    Wednesday, June 27, 2018 8:30 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Windows 2016 standard edition will support 2 Virtual machine. But for the Base OS you must license fully.

    For an example if your have 1 Physical socket with 2 Core, then the minimum 16 Core license you must apply.

    All physical cores in the Server must be licensed (Hyperthreading (SMT) does not count as actual physical cores)

    A minimum of 8 cores must be licensed for each processor

    A minimum of 16 cores must be licensed for each Server

    If you going to Run only 2 VM’s then no need any addition Licence. But make sure you have applied license for Base OS fully.

    Tuesday, July 3, 2018 11:50 AM
  • Hi Velmurugan,

    Thanks for the reply.

    If I am not wrong, in your answer, you are referring Base Machine as Base OS right?

    If so, got u. I too got the licensing Guide and Licensing Data Sheet for Windows Server 2016 which was very helpful.

    Thanks anyways,


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    Tuesday, August 21, 2018 5:26 AM