Create your Office 365 tenant account

Office 365 Education

Follow these steps to set up an Office 365 for Education verified tenant if you dont already have one set up.

  1. Navigate to the Office 365 Education Plans page.
  2. Click the green Get Started for Free button.
  3. Click Create a New Account.

Enter all Info requested in the wizard.

  1. Country or Region
  2. First name
  3. School email address
  4. School phone number
  5. School name
  6. School size


  1. Click Next.
  2. Create your Global Admin account. Enter all requested information.a. Usernameb. Domain name

    c. Password

  3. Record the username and password for your Admin account, and then click Create my account.
  4. Enter our phone number for an access code and verify you’re not a robot.
  5. Click You’re ready to go.


  1. Click I’ll verify later.
  2. Click Yes on the confirmation prompt.
  3. Your Office 365 EDU tenant account is now created!!

Note there is more to do. After this process consult with Office 365 professional or click here and agree on partnering with us so that we can help you add and verify your domain, create user accounts, assign licenses before starting to use it.

Introduction to Teams meetings and conferencing

Once you’ve rolled out Teams with chat, teams, channels, and apps across your organization, you’re ready to add the meetings workload, including audio conferencing, video, and sharing.

Teams offers two kinds of meetings: channel meetings and private meetings.

If a team has a dedicated channel in Microsoft Teams, they can schedule a channel meeting. Channel meetings have multiple benefits:

  • All members can see and join a meeting.
  • Any meeting-related discussions before, during, or after the meeting are part of the channel discussion.
  • Non-private meetings and discussions are visible to anyone who is a member of the team.
  • Meetings can also be started ad-hoc from the existing channel conversation.

For instances where meetings involve non-team members, users can schedule a private meeting. Private meetings have these benefits:

  • They are visible to invited people only.
  • They can be started ad-hoc from existing chat conversations.
  • They can be scheduled from the Teams client or Outlook add-in.
  • Meeting-related discussions before, during, or after the meeting are accessible via chat.

Access meetings from multiple clients

Teams meetings are accessible from multiple clients, including desktop and mobile clients and Microsoft Teams rooms. In addition, by using audio conferencing, participants can attend meetings from regular phones.

Plan for meeting and conferencing deployment

Teams provides a great out-of-the-box meeting and conferencing experience, and most organizations find that the default meeting settings work well for them. But depending on your organization’s needs, you may decide to change some or all the default settings.

Meetings and conferencing prerequisites

To get the best Teams experience, you must have deployed Exchange Online and SharePoint Online and have a verified domain for Microsoft 365 such as

You’ll also need to make sure that the following common ports are open to the internet from your user’s locations:

  • TCP ports 80 and 443 outgoing from clients that will use Teams
  • UDP ports 3478 through 3481 outgoing from clients that will use Teams

Core deployment decisions

The settings most organizations want to change (if the Teams default settings don’t work for them) are detailed in this table.

Setting Considerations
Teams administrator roles Teams provides a set of custom administrator roles that can be used to manage Teams for your organization. The roles provide various capabilities to administrators.
Meetings settings Meetings settings are used to control whether anonymous users can join meetings, set up meeting invitations, and set the ports for real-time traffic (if you want to turn on Quality of Service (QoS)). These settings will be used for all the Teams meetings that users schedule in your organization.
Meeting policies Meeting policies are used to control what features are available to users when they join Teams meetings. You can create custom meeting policies for people that host meetings in your organization.
Audio conferencing policies Audio Conferencing provides organizations with additional entry points to any meeting by allowing meeting participants to join via public switched telephone network (PSTN) using a traditional land line, private branch exchange (PBX), or mobile phone.
Meeting room and personal device policies For the optimal meeting experience, consider using Teams devices such as room systems, phones, headsets, and cameras.

Additional deployment decisions

You may want to consider the following additional deployment decisions, based on your organization’s needs and configuration.

Setting/requirement Considerations
Bandwidth planning Bandwidth planning lets organizations estimate the bandwidth required to support meetings across their wide area networks and internet links.
Meeting recording and archiving Users can record their meetings and group calls to capture audio, video, screen sharing activity, and automatic transcription.
Live events policies Teams live events policies are used to manage event settings for groups of users.
Conference room systems rollout Organizations with many conference rooms may want to consider a structured approach to inventorying their rooms, identifying the appropriate devices, and then rolling them out.
Cloud video interop Cloud video interop makes it possible for third-party meeting room devices to join Teams meetings without expensive meeting room system and device upgrades.
Personal device rollout When planning a larger rollout of personal devices to support meetings or voice deployments, consider using a repeatable site-by-site rollout process that delivers repeatable quality.
Troubleshoot meeting and call quality Teams gives you two ways to monitor and troubleshoot call quality problems: Call Analytics shows detailed information about the devices, networks, and connectivity related to the specific calls and meetings for each user, and is designed to help administrators and help desk agents troubleshoot call quality problems with specific calls. Call Quality Dashboard helps administrators and network engineers optimize a network by shifting focus from specific users and instead looks at aggregate information for an entire Teams organization.
Operate your meetings service Operate my service articles provide in-depth guidance for service operations.
Licensing Although you can hold meetings without having any additional licenses—all you need is a license for Microsoft Teams—audio conferencing, which lets participants join Teams meetings from a regular phone, requires an additional license.

Use activity reports

Use activity reports to see how users in your organization are using Teams so you can prioritize training and communication efforts. You should carefully monitor both the usage and quality of meetings:

  • Low usage means that users aren’t using the product. Reasons can range from the perception that meetings are falling short of user requirements, to a lack of awareness or training, to quality problems.
  • Low quality means that there are issues with connectivity between users and Microsoft 365. Low quality can lead to bad user experience and lower usage.

Manage meeting policies

Meeting policies control the features available to meeting participants. The meeting policy called Global is the org-wide default. All users in your organization are automatically assigned this policy. You can make changes or create custom policies and assign them to users. You manage meeting policies in the Microsoft Teams admin center or by using PowerShell.

Configure meeting policies

You can configure policies for the following categories:

  • General
  • Audio and video
  • Content sharing
  • Participants and guests

Meeting policies affect the meeting experience for users before, during, or after a meeting and can be assigned to the organizer, users, or both.

  • Per-organizer. When you implement a per-organizer policy, all meeting participants inherit the policy of the organizer.

    Example: Automatically admit people is a per-organizer policy and controls whether users join the meeting directly or wait in the lobby for meetings scheduled by the user who is assigned the policy.

  • Per-user. When you implement a per-user policy, the policy restricts certain features for the organizer and/or meeting participants.

    Example: Allow Meet now is a per-user policy.

  • Per-organizer and per-user. When you implement a combination of a per-organizer and per-user policy, certain features are restricted for meeting participants based on both their and the organizer’s policies.

    Example: Allow cloud recording is a per-organizer and per-user policy. Turn on this setting to allow the meeting organizer and participants to start and stop a recording.

Change or create meeting policies

You can configure policies for the following categories. As an example, if you wanted to limit the amount of bandwidth available to a meeting, you could create a new custom policy named Limited bandwidth. You could then disable cloud recording and IP video under Audio & video and assign that policy to users.

Create meeting policies settings

When you select an existing policy on the Meeting policies page or select New policy to add a new policy, you can configure settings for the following.

General settings

  • Allow Meet now in channels
  • Allow the Outlook add-in
  • Allow channel meeting scheduling
  • Allow scheduling private meetings

Audio & video

  • Allow transcription
  • Allow cloud recording
  • Allow IP video
  • Media bit rate (KBs)

Content sharing

  • Screen sharing mode
  • Allow a participant to give or request control
  • Allow an external participant to give or request control
  • Allow PowerPoint sharing
  • Allow whiteboard
  • Allow shared notes

Participants and guests

  • Automatically admit people
  • Allow anonymous people to start a meeting
  • Allow dial-in users to bypass the lobby
  • Allow organizers to override lobby settings

Manage meeting settings

Teams meeting settings apply to all Teams meetings. You manage these settings from the Microsoft Teams admin center.

You use meeting settings to:

  • Control whether anonymous users can join Teams meetings.
  • Customize meeting invitations.
  • Customize settings to handle real-time media traffic.
  • Set port ranges for real-time media traffic.

Meeting settings

Manage meeting recordings

In Microsoft Teams, users can record their Teams meetings and group calls to capture audio, video, and screen sharing activity. There is also an option for automatic transcription for recordings, so that users can play back meeting recordings with closed captions and search for important discussion items in the transcript. The recording happens in the cloud and is saved to Microsoft Stream, so users can share it securely across their organization.

For a Teams user’s meetings to be recorded, Microsoft Stream must be enabled. In addition, there are several licensing, permissions, and other setting prerequisites that are required for both the meeting organizer and the person who is initiating the recording:

  • User has an appropriate license.
  • User needs to be licensed for Microsoft Stream.
  • User has Microsoft Stream upload video permissions.
  • User has consented to the company guidelines, if set up by the administrator.
  • User has sufficient storage in Microsoft Stream for recordings to be saved.
  • User has Allow cloud recording setting set to On.
  • User is not an anonymous, guest, or federated user in the meeting.

Meeting recordings are considered tenant-owned content. If the owner of the recording leaves the company, the administrator can access and delete the recording, update any recording metadata, or change permissions for the recording video.

Use Audio Conferencing

Audio Conferencing is the ability to join a Teams meeting from a regular phone and call out from a meeting to a phone number, allowing users to call in to meetings when they can’t use a Teams client. Up to 250 attendees can attend a Teams audio conference.

Calling in (also known as dialing in) to meetings is very useful for users who are on the road and can’t attend a meeting using the Microsoft Teams app on their laptops or mobile devices. There are additional scenarios in which using a phone to attend a Microsoft Teams meeting can be a better option than using an app on a computer:

  • When internet connectivity is limited
  • When a meeting is audio only
  • When there’s an inability to join from Teams

The advantages are:

  • The call quality is better when calling in.
  • People can join a meeting hands free using Bluetooth devices.
  • People find it’s easier and more convenient for their situation.

You only need to set up Audio Conferencing for people who plan to schedule or lead meetings. One Audio Conferencing license is required for each person who is going to schedule/host an audio meeting. Meeting attendees who call in don’t need any licenses assigned to them or any other setup.

After attendees have joined the meeting, they can also call out and invite other callers into a Microsoft Teams meeting.

Audio Conferencing prerequisites

Before you can set up Audio Conferencing for Teams, consider the following questions:

  • Is Audio Conferencing available for my country/region?

    To see if your area is covered, see the link below under Learn more.

  • Do my users have the proper licensing for Teams Audio Conferencing?

    Audio Conferencing licenses are available as part of an Office 365 E5 subscription or as an add-on service for a Microsoft 365 Business Standard, Office 365 E1, or Office 365 E3 subscription.

  • Do I need to purchase Communications Credits for the users who are assigned Audio Conferencing licenses?

    Communications Credits are a convenient way to pay for Audio Conferencing and calling plan minutes.

Core deployment decisions for Audio Conferencing

The settings most organizations want to change (if the Teams default settings don’t meet their needs) are shown in this table.

Setting Considerations
Teams administrator roles Teams provides a set of custom administrator roles that can be used to manage Teams for your organization. The roles provide various capabilities to administrators.
Conferencing bridges and phone numbers Conferencing bridges let people call into meetings using a phone. You can use the default settings for a conferencing bridge or change the phone numbers (toll and toll-free) and other settings, such as the PIN or the languages that are used.
Default and alternate languages Teams Audio Conferencing lets you set up default and alternate languages for a conferencing bridge.
Conferencing bridge settings After setting up your conferencing bridge, including default and alternate languages, you should verify that the default settings such as entry/exit notifications and PIN length are the ones you want to use. If they’re not, you can change them.
Dial-in phone number settings for users who lead meetings After you create your Audio Conferencing bridge, you need to set the toll and/or toll-free numbers that users who lead meetings will use.
Communications Credits To provide toll-free conference bridge phone numbers and to support conferencing dial-out to international phone numbers, you must set up Communications Credits for your organization.

Additional deployment decisions

In addition to the core deployment decisions, it’s important to also consider the following when deploying Audio Conferencing.

Setting Considerations
Outbound calling restriction policies As an administrator, you can use outbound call controls to restrict the type of Audio Conferencing and end-user PSTN calls that are made by users in your organization.
Dial plans A dial plan, as part of Phone System in Microsoft 365, is a set of normalization rules that translate dialed phone numbers into an alternate format (typically E.164 format) for call authorization and call routing.
Monitor and troubleshoot meeting and call quality Teams gives you two ways to monitor and troubleshoot call quality problems: Call Analytics and Call Quality Dashboard. Both tools are described in the unit Monitor call quality.

Plan for live events

With Teams live events, users in your organization can broadcast video and meeting content to large online audiences. You can create live events wherever your audience, team, or community resides, using Microsoft Stream, Teams, or Yammer.

Live events are available in most areas. See the link below under Learn more for details on areas covered.

What are live events?

With Teams live events, users in your organization can broadcast video and meeting content to large online audiences. Live events are intended for one-to-many communications with a host leading the interactions. Attendees can watch the live or recorded event in Yammer, Teams, and/or Stream, and can interact with the presenters using moderated Q & A or a Yammer conversation.

Live events can be scaled up to 10,000 participants and can include all-hands meetings and public webcasts.

Who can create and schedule live events?

Teams provides the ability for organizers to create an event with the appropriate attendee permissions, designate event team members, select a production method, and invite attendees.

To do this, the organizer chooses who to add as a Presenter and sets the appropriate permissions. The Presenter then joins the inner Teams meeting that makes up the live event (similar to presenting in a regular Teams meeting).

If the live event was created from within a Yammer group, the live event attendees will be able to use Yammer conversation for interacting with people in the event.

To schedule a live event, users must have:

  • An Exchange Online mailbox.
  • An Office 365 Enterprise E1, E3, or E5 license or a Microsoft 365 A3 or A5 license.
  • A Microsoft Teams license.
  • A Microsoft Stream license.

New live event screen

A license is required to participate in a live event as an authenticated user, but this requirement depends on the production method used:

  • For events produced in Teams, the user must be assigned a Teams license.
  • For events produced with an external app or device, the user must be assigned a Stream license.

There are specific policy settings that need to be turned on before a user can create or schedule a live event. These settings are detailed in the Learn more links below.

Who can attend live events?

Depending on whether the event is public or private, attendees in live events may include:

  • Specific groups of people.
  • All employees of a company.
  • Public anonymous users.

Monitor call quality

Users might experience issues with call quality that are related to network bandwidth, devices, and so on. This is often referred to as Quality of Service (QoS). Microsoft Teams gives you two tools to monitor and troubleshoot call-quality problems: Call Analytics and Call Quality Dashboard (CQD).

Call Analytics and CQD run in parallel and can be used independently or together. For example, if a communications support specialist determines that they need more help troubleshooting a call problem, they can pass the call to a communications support engineer, who has access to more information in Call Analytics. In turn, the communications support engineer can alert a network engineer to an issue. The network engineer might check CQD to see if an overall site-related issue could be a contributing cause of call problems.

What is Call Analytics?

Call Analytics is available in the Microsoft Teams admin center. Call Analytics shows detailed information about the devices, networks, and connectivity related to the specific calls and meetings for each user. Why did a user have a poor call this afternoon? Using Call Analytics, an administrator or trained help desk agent can investigate the device, network, connectivity, and other factors related to the call to troubleshoot call quality and connection problems.

Call Analytics dashboard

You can get additional information about a given call session including detailed media and networking statistics. You can also have employees who are not administrators, such as help desk agents from an external vendor, use Call Analytics by assigning them permissions, but they can’t access the rest of the Microsoft Teams admin center.

Call Analytics overview

Use the Call Quality Dashboard to optimize network bandwidth

Call Analytics is designed to help admins and helpdesk agents troubleshoot call quality problems with specific calls. Call Quality Dashboard (CQD) is designed to help Teams admins, Skype for Business admins, and network engineers optimize a network. CQD shifts focus from specific users and instead looks at aggregate information for an entire Teams or Skype for Business organization. For more information, see Features of the Call Quality Dashboard for Teams and Skype for Business Online.

Suppose a user’s poor call quality is due to a network issue that also affects many other users. The individual call experience isn’t visible in CQD, but the overall quality of calls made using Microsoft Teams or Skype for Business is captured. With CQD, overall patterns may become apparent, so network engineers can make informed assessments of call quality. CQD provides reports of call quality metrics that give you insight into overall call quality, server-client streams, client-client streams, and voice quality SLA.

With the help of CQD’s Location-Enhanced Reports, aggregate call quality and reliability within the user’s building can be assessed to determine if the problem is isolated to a single user or affects a larger segment of users.

Like Call Analytics, employees who are not administrators, such as help desk agents, can use CQD by assigning those users the Teams Communications Support Engineer, Teams Communications Support Specialist, or Reports Reader role. Users with the following roles can access Call Quality Dashboard:

  • Global Administrator
  • Global Reader
  • Skype for Business Administrator
  • Teams Service Administrator
  • Teams Communications Administrator
  • Teams Communications Support Engineer
  • Teams Communications Support Specialist
  • Reports Reader





Designate Teams roles for your organization

Teams has two types of roles: users and administrators.

Users can be either owners or members of a team.

A team owner is the person who creates the team:

  • Team owners can make any member of their team a co-owner when they invite them to the team or at any point after they’ve joined the team. Having multiple team owners lets you share the responsibilities of managing settings and membership, including invitations.
  • Team members are the people who the owners invite to join their team.

The table shows the differences in permissions between an owner and a member. (Certain restrictions apply in some cases.)

Owner-member permission differences

If a team is created from an existing group, permissions are inherited from that group.

Teams administrator roles

Teams administrator roles determine what capabilities each administrative role holder has. Four administrative roles are available in Teams:

  • Teams Service Administrator. Manages the Teams service; creates and manages Microsoft 365 Groups.
  • Teams Communications Administrator. Manages calling and meetings features within the Microsoft Teams service.
  • Teams Communications Specialist. Troubleshoots communications issues within Teams by using basic tools.
  • Teams Communications Support Engineer. Troubleshoots communications issues within Teams by using advanced tools.


Both team owners and members can have moderator capabilities for a channel (if moderation is turned on for a team). Moderators can start new posts in a channel and control whether team members can reply to existing channel messages. They can also control whether bots and connectors can submit channel messages.

Moderator capabilities are assigned at the channel level. Team owners have moderator capabilities by default. Team members have moderator capabilities turned off by default, but a team owner can give moderator capabilities for a channel to a team member. Moderators within a channel can add and remove other moderators within that channel.

Assigning user and administrative roles

If a user in your Microsoft Teams organization needs permission to manage Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) resources, you need to assign the user an appropriate role in Azure AD, based on the actions the user needs permission to perform. You assign Azure AD roles to a user, including administrative roles, by signing into the Azure portal using a Global Administrator account for the directory.

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Get Microsoft Teams free for your organization

Many people from business, charity, NGOs and INGOs has asked us regarding the Microsoft Teams free for their organization to conduct the conference. Let us guide how you can enroll your organization.

Before you get started, it’s important that you make sure you’re logged out of any Microsoft accounts.

An even better way is to use an Incognito browser window (or possibly Private or inPrivate, depending on your browser). That will make sure you aren’t logged in to any accounts when you start this process.

  1. Go to Get Teams for free and choose the Sign up for free button. If you don’t see the Sign up for free button, scroll down (nearly to the bottom of the page) to Get Microsoft Teams for your organization today, and then select Sign up for free.

    Enter the email address you want to use with Microsoft Teams free. Enter an email address dialog box

  2. On the next screen, answer the question about how you want to use Teams. How do you want to use team dialog box
  3. If you choose For school, you’ll be prompted to enter your school email address to see if you have access to Teams through your school. If you choose For friends and family, you’ll be directed to sign up for Skype.

    If you choose For work, you can continue to Step 4.

  4. You’ll be asked to verify your information again in this step. If you have multi-factor authentication enabled, you may be prompted on your phone. Otherwise you’ll need to provide your password here.
  5. After that, fill in your name and the other requested info, and then click Set up TeamsEnter the last few details dialog box
  6. Then wait patiently while Microsoft creates your Teams account and then sets it up for you to use. (This process can take up to a minute. You’ll see two loading screens.)
  7.  Creating your account progress indicator
  8. Finally, you’ll be prompted to download the Teams desktop app or use Teams web app. Download the desktop app or use the web app
  9. When you start using Teams, you’ll be prompted to invite others to join your Teams org. People that you invite will notneed to go through this process. They can simply join your Teams org.

    Invite people to join your org screen

Wondering how to get back to Teams free? Go here to start using Teams free. After you complete the sign-up process, you’ll also receive an email link that will take you back to Teams whenever you want.

Differences between Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Teams free

Thinking it might be time to add more file storage to your org? Or maybe you want a little more admin control? Here are some of the key differences between Teams free and Teams.

Microsoft Teams free Microsoft Teams
Maximum members 500,000 per org Potentially unlimited with an enterprise license
File storage 2 GB/user and 10 GB of shared storage 1 TB/user
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Meeting recording checkmark Available with Microsoft Stream
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I hope this information will help you to enroll your organization and communicate effectively.

Microsoft Teams Instructor-Led training

Instructor-led training for Microsoft Teams

Microsoft is excited to host a series of free, live, online training classes designed to get you up and running with Teams.  Whether you’re a business decision maker, admin, IT pro, or end user, you’ll find a class that’s right for you. Not sure where to begin? Take our Teams knowledge check. Join us to see Teams in action, get your questions answered, and interact with our live instructors. To view our training classes on your own time, visit our on-demand end-user training.

Click a session below to sign up.

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        Say hello to Microsoft Teams

        What is Microsoft Teams? Join us for this 30-minute orientation to discover what Teams is and to see it in action.

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        Get started with Teams

        From chatting and meetings to using teams and channels, users will leave this session with the foundation to use Teams with confidence.

        Audience: End users

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        Run effective meetings with Teams

        Learn how you can leverage Teams for your pre, during, and post meetings experience.

        Audience: End users

      • Users/people

        Explore teams and channels in Teams

        Learn how you can streamline your project and workgroup collaboration.

        Audience: End users

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        Learn to use apps in Teams

        Understand how to improve teamwork with apps.

        Audience: End users

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        Learn how to take Teams to the next level

        Understand creative ways to optimize and organize Teams in your day-to-day work.

        Audience: End users

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        Teams for Education – Webinars

        Learn how to use Teams in higher education.

        Audience: Staff, students, academics, research faculty, IT professionals

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        Master working from home with Teams

        NEW! Learn best practices for staying connected to your team and maintaining productivity.

        Audience: End users, team and department managers

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        Upgrade planning workshops

        Plan and implement a successful upgrade to Teams

        Audience: IT professionals, adoption change managers

Licensing made simple for Windows Server 2016


Windows Server 2016 licensing is licensed per-core.  Because processors always have an even number of cores, licenses are sold in two-core packs.  One “license pack” equals (or is good for) two cores.

To run Windows Server 2016, you need to purchase licenses for a minimum of 16 cores, per two physical processors.

This translates to you needing to purchase a minimum of 8x two-core packs for every two physical processors in your server.  This is the equivalent of a regular standard Windows Server 2012 R2 license.

Simple, right?

If you have more than 8 cores per processor, then all you do is purchase 1x two-core license pack for every two cores past the 16 minimum.

Example:  You have a server with two processors.  Each processor has 10 cores.  You have 20 cores total.  You purchase the minimum 8x two-core packs, which covers 16 of your cores.  You need to purchase an additional 2x two-core license packs to cover the extra 4 cores you have.

Question:  Wait, what?  Is it really that easy?


Question:  So what if my server has two processors, but each processor only has 6 cores each?

You would still need to purchase the minimum 8x two-core packs, licensing you for a total of 16 cores, even though you only have 12 total cores.  Don’t worry, this still comes out to the same thing as a Standard 2012 R2 licensing.

Question:  What if I have 4 physical processors in my server?

Then you would need to purchase twice the minimum… 16x two-core license packs.  Then you buy 1x two-core license pack for every two cores you have after the minimum combined 32-cores.

Virtualization Rights

Virtualization rights with Windows Server 2016 Standard are, relatively speaking, the same as they are with Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard.

You could install Windows Server 2016 Standard on your physical server, installing and using ONLY the Hyper-V (and supporting) roles/features, and then run two Window Server 2016 virtual machines (VM) on that same physical server, using the same Windows Server 2016 license.

Note 1:  As a general rule, you should never (or rarely) install the Standard edition of Windows Server 2016 on a physical server if you are using it as a Hyper-V host.  You should instead install Hyper-V Server 2016 (Microsoft’s free hypervisor OS).

You can run two virtual machines for every 8x two-core license packs you purchase.  In reality, you’d install Hyper-V Server 2016 on your physical server, and purchase a Windows Server 2016 Standard license (8x two-core license packs) for every two Windows Server 2016 virtual machines you want to run on that host.

Note 2:  Virtualization rights only apply to Windows Server VMs.  You can have any unlimited number of Linux VMs running on any version of Windows, providing your hardware can handle the load.

What about Data center Edition?

In regards to virtualization rights, Windows Server 2016 Data center doesn’t start to make any sense until you see yourself needing to run upwards of 13 virtual machines on a single host.  The exact cutoff is 14 virtual machines, but because each minimum (8x two-core license packs) license gives you 2 VMs, 13 is the same cost as 14.  Purchasing 7 Standard edition licenses to run 13 virtual machines on a single host costs the same amount of money as a Data center edition license.

Note 3:  Data center edition has features that Standard edition does not, such as Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica… among quite a few others.  So there are some legitimate reasons reasons to run Windows Server 2016 Data center edition on a Hyper-V Host.

Windows Server 2016 Failover Cluster Licensing

In general, each physical node in a cluster must be licensed for any VM that can run on it.

You can lower the number of physical node licensing by preventing VMs from running on specific nodes.  This is done via “Possible Owners” in Failover Cluster Manager as shown below:

FOCM - Possible Owners

Failover Cluster Manager – Possible Owners setting

Keep in mind that if a VM CAN run on a node, the node MUST be licensed appropriately!

Software Assurance (SA)

If you purchased SA with your server license, you have some additional interesting benefits.  Specifically, “License Mobility” and “Fail-over Rights”.

License Mobility

License Mobility can be particularly useful in the clustering and virtualization world, for example, if you have a two-node cluster with one physical server using Data center (NODE1), a second physical server with the free Hyper-V Server 2016 (NODE2), and the cluster is an active-passive cluster.  For simplicity of this example, NODE2 does not have any running VMs.

With License Mobility, you basically have the freedom to move that Data center license to any server you want as often as you want, within the same Server Farm.  The caveat is that all the Windows Server VMs running on it must follow the DC license (or minus what the other server is already licensed for).  This is useful if you need some planned-downtime of NODE1.  You could then temporarily virtually transfer your Data center license to your other server and live-migrate all of your VMs to the other node to prevent any downtime.  Then you are free to update, upgrade, reboot, or whatever you want to NODE1.

Fail-over Rights

This means that in anticipation of a fail-over event, you may run passive fail-over on another qualifying shared server (NODE2).  Keep in mind that the number of licenses that otherwise would be required to run the passive fail-over Instances must not exceed the number of licenses required to run the corresponding production Instances on the same partner’s shared servers.


Microsoft Volume Licensing (direct .doc link):  Microsoft Product Terms – February 1, 2017
Other Languages:  Licensing Terms and Documentation

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Microsoft Azure Cloud Administrator

Looking to master the core principles of operating a Microsoft Azure-based cloud infrastructure? This learning path is for any technology professional who wants to be involved in the operation and administration of Azure-based solutions and infrastructure. You will learn the fundamentals of implementing, monitoring, and maintaining Microsoft Azure solutions, including major services related to Compute, Storage, Network, and Security. By the end of this learning path, you will be able to implement, monitor, and manage the most commonly used Microsoft Azure services and components, as configured for the most common use cases.

To go deeper follow the deep dive series below.

Azure Cloud Administrator

Primary Skills

Application Management Series

1 hr 6 min

3 hr

2 hr

1 hr

1 hr

3 hr

2 hr

1 hr

1 hr

1 hr

1 hr

Cloud Management Series

15 min

13 min

11 min

1 hr 17 min

1 hr 8 min

4 hr

12 min

6 min

1 hr 18 min

13 min

3 min

52 min

14 min

Device Management Series

1 hr

1 hr 20 min

1 hr 6 min

1 hr 6 min

1 hr 17 min

Identity Management Series

1 hr 5 min

30 min

1 hr 16 min

1 hr 16 min

3 hr

Secondary Skill

Architecture Series

8 hr

7 hr

55 min

Infrastructure – Hybrid/Private Cloud Series

1 hr 20 min

1 hr 10 min

2 hr

2 hr

34 min

5 hr

1 hr 15 min

1 hr 18 min

1 hr 10 min

Infrastructure – Open Source Series

7 min

17 min

11 min

3 hr

1 hr

Infrastructure – Public Cloud Series

3 hr

7 hr


1 hr

2 hr

Security & Privacy Series

1 hr 15 min

1 hr 12 min

1 hr

5 hr

3 hr

1 hr

20 min

1 hr

1 hr

2 hr

1 hr

4 hr

DevOps Series

25 min

29 min

59 min

36 min

38 min

30 min

3 hr

4 hr

30 min

4 hr

48 min

7 hr

1 hr 15 min

If you have been following these series and completed it then its time for Microsoft Certification Path. Join our MVA courses on and start your cloud career.

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