Microsoft announce that Azure Dedicated Hosts now support M-series and NV v3 and v4-series virtual machines so that customers can run memory-intensive and graphics-intensive applications.
Find the announcement here: https://bit.ly/2XYnuK3, and the main Azure Dedicated Host page here: http://bit.ly/2KkxB6m which details the full range of VMs supported and has some useful configuration examples.
The Reservations family continues to grow with one and three years Reservations for Azure Dedicated Host available. Get the overview here: http://bit.ly/2VXbJ7b, understand how the discounts are applied here: http://bit.ly/2IMPUj3, and get pricing here: http://bit.ly/2KkxB6m.
If you want a review of Azure Dedicated Host licensing, then head over to this article on our blog: http://bit.ly/2OJ5Nwx.
Microsoft announce that Azure Dedicated Host is generally available. Find the announcement here: http://bit.ly/352d920 and a reminder of the licensing on our blog: http://bit.ly/2OJ5Nwx.
The August 2019
Product Terms details some changes to the Azure Hybrid Benefit to include
licensing options for the recently announced Azure Dedicated Host, so here’s a
summary of the rules for both Windows Server and SQL Server.
- Standard licences may now be used on-premises OR for virtual machines running
in Azure OR for virtual machines running in an Azure Dedicated Host. The licensing
for both Azure and Azure Dedicated Host follow the “groups of 8” rules. Licenses
may now be assigned to both on-premises servers and Azure for a period of 180
days for migration purposes – this is an increase from the previous 31-day
- Datacenter licences may now be used on-premises AND for virtual machines
running in Azure (no change) OR for virtual machines running in an Azure
Dedicated Host. Customers can choose to license individual virtual machines
running in Azure Dedicated Host following the “groups of 8” rules, or can
license all the physical cores of the Azure Dedicated Host and run an unlimited
number of virtual machines. Customers moving from on-premises to Azure
Dedicated Host have the same 180-day migration window as Standard licences
- Standard licences may now be used on-premises OR for virtual machines
running in Azure OR for Azure SQL Database Services OR for virtual machines
running in an Azure Dedicated Host. The licensing rules for Azure Dedicated
Host are the same as for virtual machines running in Azure. There is no change
to the 180-day migration period allowed when moving from an on-premises to an
- Enterprise licences may be used in the same scenarios as the Standard
licences above. However, there is an additional licensing option for Azure
Dedicated Host which allows customers to license all the physical cores of the
Azure Dedicated Host to run SQL Server in an unlimited number of virtual
You can find the
August 2019 Product Terms here: http://bit.ly/MSproductterms and there’s an Azure Hybrid Benefit FAQ
the preview of Azure Dedicated Host, a new Azure service that enables customers
to run Linux and Windows virtual machines on single-tenant physical servers.
So, how’s this all
licensed? Well, first of all you choose the type of Azure Dedicated Host that you
want. Currently there are three types, each based on a particular VM series:
Dsv3, Esv3 or Fsv2, and you can run any virtual machines from the chosen family
on a particular Azure Dedicated Host. Each Azure Dedicated Host has a specific
number of vCPUs available and that dictates how many virtual machines you can
So, for example, the Dsv3 series Azure Dedicated Host has 64 vCPUs, so you could run 32 x D2s v3 VMs since they have 2 vCPUs each, or mix and match with 2 x D8s v3 (8 vCPUs each) + 2 x D16s v3 (16 vCPUs each) + 8 x D2s v3 (2 vCPUs each). You then pay an hourly charge for the Azure Dedicated Host, regardless of how many virtual machines are running, and that’s $3.38 per hour for the Dsv3 Series.
This hourly charge
is for the compute power of the virtual machines, so then you need to pay for
the software you want to run in those virtual machines. This can either be done
on a metered, hourly basis, or you can bring your own Windows Server and SQL
Server licences if you’re eligible for the Azure Hybrid Benefit – either
through Software Assurance or if you have a Server Subscription bought through
How many licences
do you bring? Well, you can follow the usual rules for licensing virtual
machines in Azure, or you can license all the physical cores on the Azure
Dedicated Host with Windows Server Datacenter or SQL Server Enterprise licences
to be eligible for running an unlimited number of virtual machines.
find the Azure Dedicated Host pricing page here: http://bit.ly/2KkxB6m,
and an updated FAQ on the Azure Hybrid Benefit here: http://bit.ly/2g1HEwS.