Posted by: kurtsh | March 13, 2018

INFO: Enable eligible Azure Virtual Machines to use “Azure Hybrid Use Benefit”

Some organizations that own Windows Server Datacenter Edition on Software Assurance (a.k.a. license maintenance) have also deployed Azure Virtual Machines running Windows Server Datacenter Edition without taking advantage of the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit, despite being eligible.

If a user is eligible, Azure Hybrid Use Benefit enables the user to take advantage of their existing Windows Server Datacenter Edition licensing while on Software Assurance, and NOT have to pay for a Windows Server license while running an analogous Virtual Machine within Azure.

The result is roughly a 40% savings on Azure billing.  And it’s only available on Microsoft’s cloud.

HOW TO ENABLE EXISTING VMS TO USE AZURE HYBRID USE BENEFIT
If you have Virtual Machines eligible for the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit, that are not currently taking advantage of it, you don’t need to redeploy the workload to Azure.

Below is the PowerShell command to convert existing VMs to use Azure Hybrid Use Benefit:

$vm = Get-AzureRmVM -ResourceGroup "rg-name" -Name "vm-name"

$vm.LicenseType = "Windows_Server"

Update-AzureRmVM -ResourceGroupName rg-name


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