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We currently have a Hyper-V Environment with 25 hosts with Windows DataCenter licenses for a total of 243 VMs.


We are moving to Azure and wanted to find out how that would be calculated using the Azure Hybrid Benefit.


If we did a Lift and Shift, can we use the Azure Hybrid Benefit on all 243 VM's with our 25 data center licenses or is that only available for 25 of the VMs?


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olufemiaMSFT answered ·

Welcome to the Microsoft Q&A (Preview) platform.
Happy to answer your questions.

For Windows server, we cover how the calculator works in the following document.

Each 2-processor license or each set of 16-core licenses are entitled to two instances of up to 8 cores, or one instance of up to 16 cores. The Azure Hybrid Benefit for Standard Edition licenses can only be used once either on-premises or in Azure. Datacenter Edition benefits allow for simultaneous usage both on-premises and in Azure.


So if you have 25 licenses that equates to 400 cores (25*400)

Using the pricing calculator that equates to 25 16-core VMs or 50 8-core VMs


400/16=25
400/8=50

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ZivRafalovich-4888 answered ·

You may also consider using Azure Dedicated Hosts in order to save on your licenses.

For example, Lets use D4sv3 (4VCPU) size running Windows Server Datacenter with the Azure Hybrid Benefits.
On a Dsv3_Type1 host, you can place up to 16 VMs from this size. Option 1 below is the case where you apply the hybrid benefit at the HOST level . Option 2 is where you apply the hybrid benefit at the VM level


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