Win Server VHD - software activation?

Category: azure management

Question

Raindog308 on Mon, 05 Mar 2012 21:34:45


I am a MSDN ultimate member and thought about creating a Win Server 2008R2 VHD and running it on Azure.

But how does software activation work?

I can download Win Server 2008R2 Enterprise and create a VHD in VirtualPC, but when I upload it to Azure and run it there, will Windows think it's on different hardware and want to activate, or...?  Should I activate it when it's booted locally on VirtualPC, or activate it when it's running in Azure?

I ask because I may run it a while, then shut it down, then run it later, and in the meantime the hardware underneath will obviously change...though perhaps that's all virtualized from a SA perspective...?


Replies

Sandrino Di Mattia on Mon, 05 Mar 2012 21:50:37


Hi Raindog,

You can download the license terms here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=206791 

The parts 1-a and 1-b are the most important for you. They say you can use any number of copies of Windows 2008 R2 on a Windows Azure role. The only things you can't do are the following:

  • Remote Desktop Services
  • Rights Management Services   

And also take a look at the following blog post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/avkashchauhan/archive/2011/07/01/windows-azure-vm-role-and-sysprep.aspx 
This blog post says that your VM Role will be activated  automatically, regardless of which key you used.

Hope this helps,

Sandrino

Alex Belotserkovskiy on Tue, 06 Mar 2012 03:03:38


Hello.

You can upload your WS2008R2 and then license price will be included into compute hours.