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' customers, 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. Examples include 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.
The licence can be viewed at the following link Microsoft EULA Licence.
The use of specific Microsoft licenses (either provided through Hosting Solutions in SPLA, or purchased privately by the service user) is required (or prohibited) depending on the type of service purchased (VPS, Dedicated Servers and Public and Private Cloud Computing).
Below are some examples of correct licensing of Microsoft software by type of service and license.
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 licenses provided through Hosting Solutions in SPLA. On the other hand, the use of private Microsoft licenses, even if original, is forbidden unless the Customer has License Mobility through Software Assurance.
Dedicated Servers and Private Cloud Computing
It is possible to use both Microsoft products provided by Hosting Solutions in SPLA and private licenses. To use private licenses it is necessary to 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
The Windows Server license covers 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 Dedicated Server environment, the Windows Server licenses must be purchased base on the Physical Cores (number of cores of the physical processors of the server, with a 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 licenses must be purchased based on the Physical Cores (number of cores of the physical processors of the server) 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 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 licenses of 8 Cores.
Windows Server Datacenter Edition
THe Windows Server Datacenter Edition license covers one physical machine (physical host) plus an unlimited number of virtual machines created on the same physical machine.
This type of license can only be purchased with the services Dedicated Server and Private Cloud Computing.
In the case of Dedicated Server, Microsoft licenses must be purchased based on the Physical Cores (number of cores of the physical processors of the server, with a minimum of 8 cores per physical processor) of the server. In the case of Private Cloud Computing, these licenses must be purchased based on the Physical Cores (number of cores of the physical processors of the server, 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 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 that VMs (Windows virtual machines created on your cluster) can be properly licensed.
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.
Each Windows server is entitled to 2 remote access users which are assigned by Hosting Solutions at the time of the 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.
In any case, Office licenses must be purchased in the same number as the number of MSTS licenses (remote desktop access users) on the server.
In all cases it is forbidden to install Microsoft software without an original and documented license.
Hosting Solutions (Genesys Informatica srl) reserves the right to check the correct use of the licences for the Microsoft software installed and to take action against the Customer in the event of incorrect or improper use.
Hosting Solutions invites all customers who use Microsoft software to read the Microsoft EULA License.