Retirement: Azure Hybrid Use Benefit images for EA subscriptions

Applies to: Virtual Machine running Windows

Retirement of the Hybrid Use Benefit images


As of April 12, 2017, Hybrid Use Benefit is open for all Azure subscriptions and can be applied to the regular Windows Server images in the Azure Marketplace. Therefore, be aware of the following news for the Windows Server images that are pre-configured with Hybrid Use Benefit for EA subscriptions:

  • The last patch update will be July 2017.
  • The image SKUs will be removed by August 31, 2017.


Experience in the Azure portal

OS

Image SKUs

Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2016 Datacenter

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter

Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1



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OS

Image offer

Image SKUs

Windows Server 2016

WindowsServer

2016-Datacenter

Windows Server 2012 R2

WindowsServer

2012-R2-Datacenter

Windows Server 2012

WindowsServer

2012-Datacenter

Windows Server 2008 R2

WindowsServer

2008-R2-SP1

 

About the Hybrid Use Benefit images


In November 2016, Azure introduced a second set of Windows Server Marketplace image SKUs to enable Enterprise Agreement (EA) subscriptions to use Hybrid Use Benefit. See how to deploy a Windows Server image with Hybrid Use Benefits in Azure.


Current experience in the Azure portal

These image SKUs are prefixed by "[HUB]" on the Azure Portal.

OS

Image SKUs

Windows Server 2016

[HUB] Windows Server 2016 Datacenter

Windows Server 2012 R2

[HUB] Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter

Windows Server 2012

[HUB] Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

Windows Server 2008 R2

[HUB] Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1



Current experience in the ARM, Azure PowerShell, and Azure CLI

These image SKUs are appended by "-HUB" on the Azure portal.

OS

Image offer

Image SKUs

Windows Server 2016

WindowsServer-HUB

2016-Datacenter-HUB

Windows Server 2012 R2

WindowsServer-HUB

2012-R2-Datacenter-HUB

Windows Server 2012

WindowsServer-HUB

2012-Datacenter-HUB

Windows Server 2008 R2

WindowsServer-HUB

2008-R2-SP1-HUB

 

Action required


Make sure that your virtual machine deployment is updated to use the new image SKUs.