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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Windows Server 2012 licensing jargon !

As Microsoft released Windows Server 2012 , and as it changed the available editions to be as below :


Ideal for...

High Level Feature Comparison

Licensing Model


Highly virtualized private & hybrid cloud environments

Full Windows Server functionality with unlimited virtual instances

Processor + CAL*


Low density or non-virtualized environments

Full Windows Server functionality with two virtual instances

Processor + CAL*


Small business environments

Simpler interface, pre-configured connectivity to cloud based services; no virtualization rights

Server (25 User Account Limit)


Economical general purpose server

General purpose Server functionality with no virtualization rights

Server (15 User Account Limit)

*CALs are required for every user or device accessing a server directly or indirectly. See the Product Use Rights for details


It is advisable to go and read more about the new licensing model , here are some of the crash sheets for the new Windows Server 2012 licensing model :

  • Licensing and pricing details datasheet : Includes product / editions overview , Moving to processor-based licensing model and useful comparison between editions based on server roles and features
  • Licensing & Pricing FAQ : Includes 46 question of the common questions that may cross your mind when thinking about migrating your servers’ infrastructure to Windows Server 2012 including number of VMs supported per edition / license , What edition to go from Windows 2008 R2 enterprise and a lot more .

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