Regulation

Licensing Microsoft

Microsoft software licensing policies on Physical and Virtual servers

Genesys Informatica s.r.l., owner of the Hosting Solutions brand, supplies Microsoft products through the SPLA (Services Provider License Agreement) license: : this licence allows the distribution of operating systems and, in general, Microsoft software on physical and virtual servers used to provide web services.

Hosting Solutions clients, who purchase physical or virtual servers with Microsoft software, automatically subscribe to Microsoft's EULA (End-User License Agreement) which regulates the use of Microsoft software by the end user. By way of example, Microsoft operating systems (Windows Server, Windows Server Datacenter Edition, etc.), Microsoft databases (MMS SQL Express Edition, Web Edition, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, etc.), Terminal Server (MSTS), Office are part of this agreement.

You can see the licence at the following link Microsoft EULA Licence,

Depending on the type of service purchased (VPS, Physical Dedicated Servers and Public and Private Cloud Computing) the use of specific Microsoft licences (either provided through Hosting Solutions in SPLA, or purchased privately by the user of the service) is required (or prohibited).

Below are some examples of correct licensing of Microsoft software by type of service and licence.

Type of service

Virtual Servers (VPS) and Public Cloud Computing

In virtual environments (VPS and Public Cloud Computing) it is mandatory to use exclusively Microsoft licences provided through Hosting Solutions in SPLA. On the other hand, the use of private Microsoft licences, even if original is prohibited unless the Client has Software Assurance and License Mobility for such software.

Dedicated Physical Servers and Private Cloud Computing

You can use both Microsoft products provided by Hosting Solutions in SPLA and private licenses. To use private licenses you must send a specific release to Hosting Solutions (this release must be requested in advance by opening a ticket from the control panel)

Type of Microsoft License

Windows Server

The Windows Server licence includes a physical machine plus a virtual machine created on the same physical machine (e.g. Hyper-V hypervisor plus a Windows virtual machine).
In a Virtual Server (VPS), Public Cloud Computing and Physical Dedicated Server environment, the Windows Server licences must be purchased according to the Physical Cores (number of cores of the server's physical processors, with minimum of 8 cores per physical processor) or Virtual Cores (in the case of VPS and Public Cloud Computing) of the server.
In a Private Cloud Computing environment the Microsoft licences must be purchased according to the Physical Cores(number of cores of the server's physical processors) of the server and the number of Physical Servers that make up the cluster that provides the Private Cloud Computing service. For example, if your cluster consists of 3 Physical Dedicated Servers (configured in high reliability) with a single 8 Core CPU per Server, to cover a single VM (Windows virtual machine created on your cluster), you will need to purchase 3 Windows Server 8 Core licenses.

Windows Server Datacenter Edition

THe Windows Server Datacenter Edition licence includes one physical machine (physical host) plus an unlimited number of virtual machines created on the same physical machine.
This type of licence can only be purchased with the Dedicated Physical Server and Private Cloud Computing services.
In the case of a Physical Dedicated Server Microsoft licences must be purchased according to the physical cores (number of cores of the server's physical processors, with a minimum of 8 cores per physical processor) of the server. In the case of Private Cloud Computing, these licenses must be purchased according to the Physical Cores ((number of cores of the server's physical processors, with a minimum of 8 cores per physical processor) of the server and the number of Physical Servers that make up the cluster. For example, if your cluster consists of 3 Physical Dedicated Servers (configured in high reliability) with a single 8 Core CPU per Server, you will need to purchase 3 Windows Server Data Center licenses of 8 Cores, so you can properly license all VMs (Windows virtual machines created on your cluster).

MS SQL Server

In all cases, the MS SQL Server licenses must be purchased according to the physical cores (number of cores of the server's physical processors, with a minimum of 4 cores per physical processor) or Virtual Cores (in the case of VPS and Public Cloud Computing) of the server. In a Private Cloud Computing, environment, the MS SQL licences must be purchased according to the virtual cores of the VMs (Windows virtual machines created on your cluster) on which the software is installed.

MSTS licences

Each Windows server is entitled to 2 remote access cusers that are assigned by Hosting Solutions at the time of activation of the service. PLEASE NOTE: if you need more than 2 remote access users (remote desktop), you must purchase an MSTS license for each user, giving up the initial 2 users.

Office licences

In any case, Office licences must be purchased in the same number as the number of MSTS licences (remote desktop access users) on the server.

ATTENTION

In all cases it is forbidden to install Microsoft software without an original and documented licence.
Hosting Solutions (Genesys Informatica srl) reserves the right to verify the correct use of the licences for the Microsoft software installed and to take action against the Client in the event of incorrect or improper use.

Hosting Solutions invites all clients who use Microsoft software to read the Microsoft EULA License.