Separate VM DC in Server 2019 Standard and Essential VM


I’m planning to move from 2012E R2 to 2019 Standard.  And, since 2019 Standard comes with two VM licenses, I would like to use one for a DC and the other for Standard with Essentials experience.  Can this be done with the Essentials licensing?

If not, do I need to run Essentials on both VM’s and make the second Essentials VM a member server?

  • Jeffrey Honeck asked 4 years ago
  • last edited 4 years ago
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I’m not a Microsoft licensing expert, and so I can’t really speak to the licensing part of your question (although from a straight “licensing” perspective, the answer would surely be no since Microsoft would never support you installing WSEE on Windows Server 2019).

However, from a “will it work” perspective, then the answer is yes, it’ll work just fine. Your Product Key for Windows Server 2019 Standard will allow you to activate two instances of 2019 Standard installed on two separate VMs or bare metal machines (e.g. one instance of 2019 configured as your primary domain controller running on one, and one instance of 2019 with WSEE installed on it and running as a member server where it is joined to your primary domain controller running on the other).

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