What you need to know about Windows Server 2016 licensing


First off, let’s all take a moment to remember the licensing model of Windows Server 2012 R2. It was universally loved by the Microsoft community due to its clarity and simplicity. Microsoft offered two editions, Standard and Datacenter with the exact same functionality. Both covered two physical processors with the only difference being that Standard would allow for 1 physical or two virtual operating system environments (OSE) while Datacenter allowed for unlimited OSEs. For an environment with little to no virtualization, organizations would purchase Standard. For highly virtualized environments, organizations would go with Datacenter. This licensing setup would also include your Windows CALs (Client Access Licenses).

While Windows Server 2012 R2 licensing was wildly appreciated, we all knew that due to constant improvements in the processing power, this model would have to adapt soon enough. And it did…

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Microsoft Server 2012 Licensing Changes: 6 Key Things You Need To Know

Windows Server 2012 launch
Confused about how the new licensing model  for Windows Server 2012 works? Rest easy! The Softchoice Microsoft team has identified six key things you need to know regarding the changes, and how they’ll impact you.

Because the general release of Server 2012 is slated for September 2012, we’re encouraging all our customers to reach out to our Microsoft specialists as soon as possible. They’ll provide insight into how Software Assurance can ensure you step up your current editions now – while the opportunity is still available.

Here are the 6 Things You Should Know:

1) Changes to Windows Server Editions

Windows Server 2012  is now only available in two types of editions: Standard and Datacenter. When it comes to determining which edition is best for your enterprise, there’s one key word on everyone’s lips: virtualization.

Both Standard and Datacenter editions provide the same set of features (including high availability features like failover clustering); the only thing that differentiates the editions is the number of Virtual Machines (VMs) being used. If your strategy calls for a highly virtualized environment, Datacenter edition provides you with optimum flexibility since it allows for unlimited virtualization.

If you aren’t ready to heavily virtualize your environment, a Standard edition license entitles you to run up to two VMs on up to two processors.

2) Streamlined Licensing Model for Core Infrastructure

In short, we feel this new model provides an easier assessment and management of your server environment. Here’s why:

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