Here are a selection of common licensing questions and answers. I also recommend referring to binding documentation like the Microsoft Product Terms for guidance.
|Q. How will GCP enable me to meet my license reporting obligations to Microsoft?||License Usage – Self Reporting
· In addition to enabling control of VM placement to launch your instances on a dedicated host, GCP will keep a record of how your instances use sole-tenant resources, which will allow you to create your own usage reports.
· Windows Server is licensed by the physical cores on each host. GCP provides visibility, including but not limited to, the number of physical processors and physical cores, and number of Windows VMs running on the host machine to allow you to keep track of how your individual Windows Server VMs use the resources of the dedicated host.
· Additionally, for SQL Server GCP provides reporting, including but not limited to, the physical processors and physical cores, and total number of VM instances running SQL Server on the host machine, and the number of virtual cores assigned to the VMs to allow you to keep track of licensable resources of the dedicated host.
License Mobility Self Reporting
· When using ‘License Mobility through Software Assurance,’ you must complete a license verification process with Microsoft to confirm that you have the eligible licenses with active Software Assurance.
· GCP enables you to meet your licensing reporting obligations to Microsoft. To start the verification process and review additional details, go to the Microsoft License Mobility verification form in the GCP Console.
· This is required for all workloads of eligible Microsoft Server products, as defined in the Microsoft Product Terms, including but not limited to: Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, or Microsoft System Center, RDS CAL, BizTalk Server and eligible Dynamics products.
|Q. I understand from the Microsoft Product Terms that a license cannot move to another region or physical server for at least 90 days. How is this managed in GCP sole-tenant?
|· Each sole-tenant node is associated with one physical server dedicated to hosting your VM instances. You can control VM placement to launch your instances to a dedicated host, and instance affinity will allow specific node affinities between your nodes and VM instances. This will enable you to control VM instance placement to satisfy the restriction of license re-assignment once every 90 days.
· The license re-assignment rule will apply to your licensing of Windows Server unless there is a permanent hardware failure. In this scenario when there is permanent failure of hardwarecomponents, the sole-tenant node that is hosting the VM instances will use live migration47 to move the VM instances to replacement host hardware automatically. If there is complete hardware failure, the VM will crash and restart automatically and a host-error is logged.