License Mobility Through Software Assurance:

With License Mobility through Software Assurance, you can deploy certain server application licenses purchased under your Volume Licensing agreement in an Authorized Mobility Partner’s datacenter.

    • Extend the value of your server application license by deploying them on-premises or in the cloud.
    • Take advantage of the lowest cost computing infrastructure for changing business priorities.

http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/software-assurance/license-mobility.aspx

 

Microsoft License Mobility through Software Assurance for Microsoft Windows Server Applications on AWS:

 Microsoft has announced a new benefit, called License Mobility through Software Assurance, which allows Microsoft customers to more easily move current on-premises Microsoft Server application workloads to Amazon Web Services (AWS), without any additional Microsoft software license fees.

    • Microsoft Exchange Server
    • Microsoft SharePoint Server
    • Microsoft SQL Server Standard Edition
    • Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise Edition
    • Microsoft Lync Server
    • Microsoft System Center Server
    • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server

http://aws.amazon.com/windows/mslicensemobility/

 

Support policy for Microsoft software running in non-Microsoft hardware virtualization software:

 

Support policy for Microsoft SQL Server products that are running in a hardware virtualization environment

This includes:

    • Running SQL Server in Microsoft Hyper-V based virtualized environment
    • Running SQL Server in partner supported virtualized environment

 

 

Microsoft server software support for Windows Azure Virtual Machines:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2721672

 

 

1.    Microsoft SharePoint Server

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and later is supported on Windows Azure Virtual Machines.

Support and licensing for Windows Azure in SharePoint 2013

-          http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj154957

 

2.    Microsoft SQL Server

64-bit versions of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and later are supported.

http://support.microsoft.com/?id=956893.

 

3.    Windows Server

Windows Server 2008 R2 and later versions are supported for the following roles:

  • Active Directory Domain Services
  • Active Directory Federation Services
  • Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
  • Application Server
  • DNS Server
  • Fax Server
  • Network Policy and Access Services
  • Print and Document Services
  • Web Server (IIS)
  • Windows Deployment Services
  • Windows Server Update Services
  • File Services

 

The following features are not supported on Windows Azure Virtual Machines:

  1. BitLocker
  2. Failover Clustering
  3. Network Load Balancing.