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Licensing Virtual Machines that are NOT Running | Microsoft Licensing

Do you have to include Virtual Machines that are not running when you calculate Microsoft Licensing requirements? Let's look it up in the Microsoft Product Terms.

Community wisdom I received after publishing this video:

- It's not as simple as I say in this video.
- The language varies in various parts of Product Terms and makes it ambiguous.
- It contradicts Disaster Recovery rights, sort of.
- If VM was powered off in the last 90 days, it's still consuming a licence.

Bottom line: be vigilant and cautious, and keep your VM estate tidy.

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