Virtualization support and licensing in SharePoint 2013

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Applies to: SharePoint Foundation 2013, SharePoint Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2016-12-16

Summary: Microsoft licenses and supports several virtualization technologies for deployment of SharePoint 2013.

This article provides information about support and licensing for using several virtualization technologies to deploy SharePoint 2013 in a virtual environment.

SharePoint 2013 supports virtualization that includes any required products, such as SQL Server, when you deploy the products in a Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V technology or Hyper-V Server 2008 environment or any virtualization solution that the Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) validates. For more information, see the Server Virtualization Program FAQ.

The SVVP only validates virtualization products and all versions of Windows Server running on server hardware that is certified for Windows Server 2008 R2.

SharePoint 2013 is not supported on virtualization environments that are not explicitly referenced under the Server Virtualization Validation Program.

You must ensure that your virtualization solution meets all the licensing requirements. The Microsoft Volume Licensing page provides information about licensing for virtual environments. We recommend that you use the Windows Server 2008 R2 Virtualization Calculator to estimate the number and cost of Microsoft server licenses for your virtualization scenario.

Every element of a SharePoint products farm that is installed on a virtual machine must comply with the licensing requirements for SharePoint 2013 and related and supporting technologies.

For information about licensing other Microsoft Server products in a virtual environment, get a copy of the Microsoft Volume Licensing Brief: Licensing Microsoft Server Products in Virtual Environments.