For customers with Software Assurance, Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server allows you to use your on-premises Windows Server licenses and run Windows virtual machines on Azure at a reduced cost. You can use Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server to deploy new virtual machines from any Azure supported platform Windows Server image or Windows custom images. As long as the image doesn't come with additional software such as SQL Server or third-party marketplace images.
Ways to use Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server
There are few ways to use Windows virtual machines with the Azure Hybrid Benefit:
- You can deploy VMs from one of the provided Windows Server images on the Azure Marketplace
- You can upload a custom VM and deploy using a Resource Manager template or Azure PowerShell
- You can also deploy a new virtual machine scale set with Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server