Microsoft Windows Server 2012: Editions and Licensing

Uploaded by CoffeeCoaching on 24.09.2012

Hi, I’m Lucy Ellis, HP’s WW ProLiant on Windows Marketing Manager.
Today in this session of Coffee Coaching I’m going to review
“What’s New with Microsoft Windows Server 2012” editions and
First of all – let’s look at the new editions that are available with
Windows Server 2012.
we have - foundation, essentials, standard and datacenter
Replacing Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation edition is the new
Windows Server 2012
Foundation Edition.
Foundation is the Entry Level, Cost Effective edition for a small business
that is looking for secure networking, file/Print sharing,
or a platform for database and business applications - all at an affordable price.
It has a limitation of 15 user access rights. No additional CALS are required.
Windows Server 2012 Essentials edition is the replacement edition for Microsoft Small
Business Server 2011
Essentials edition.
Essentials edition is an ideal first server for a small business.
It offers the same capabilities as Foundation
for up to 25 users,
and it also includes simplified management
plus the ability to seamlessly connect to cloud services.
Like Foundation, no additional CALs are required for Essentials.
Windows Server 2012 Standard edition replaces
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard edition;
however, you’ll see shortly how the features and licensing model have changed compared
to the 2008 R2 version.
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise edition does not have a replacement
product in the Windows Server 2012 family.
Completing the Windows Server 2012 family is the
Datacenter edition,
which replaces Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter.
Unlike the Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2008 R2,
with Windows Server 2012 the Standard and Datacenter
editions’ features are identical,
and both are
licensed the same: per-processor plus CALs.
The Difference between Windows Server 2012 Standard and Datacenter is
based on virtualization,
for example: • Standard Edition, 2 CPU offering has 2 VM’s per license
•Datacenter Edition, 2 CPU offering has Unlimited Virtual Management
With regards to Virtualization, let’s review the virtualization rights by
edition in the Windows Server 2012 Product family:
Foundation has No Virtualization – It Cannot be virtualized as a guest OS and cannot
be used as a virtualization host OS
Essentials has LIMITED Virtualization. It can be virtualized as a guest OS
but cannot be used as a virtualization host OS
Standard – has Virtual User Rights: Each 2-proc license includes the
license for up to two VM Instances,
and you can “stack” more than one Standard license on a server to gain additional
-VM rights.
Datacenter 2012 includes Unlimited Virtualization rights, just like
the current Datacenter edition of Windows Server 2008 R2.
Next let’s cover the Windows Server 2012 hardware restrictions by edition
and licensing changes:
Windows Server 2012 Foundation edition is limited to one
Foundation edition licensing model has not changed. It is a
per server model.
Essentials edition is up to two processors ONLY; Essentials edition
licensing model has not changed. It is also a per server model.
As I mentioned, Windows Server 2012 Standard is now licensed per-
processor like Datacenter. The base license provides support for
up to 2 processors , and you can “stack” additional licenses
to run Standard on servers with more than 2 processors.
Datacenter licensing for Windows Server 2012 is still by processer –
there are up to 2 processors
per license.
I’ve mentioned a couple of times how you might “stack” more than one license for Standard
on a server.
To enable this, there is now a new standard edition license called the
“additive license” that
allows you to add additional licenses when your server has a need for
more CPU’s or more Virtual Instances. As with any HP OEM license
for Windows Server, an HP OEM “additive license” for
Windows Server 2012
may also only be sold to an end user on a new HP ProLiant server. This means you need to know
the customer requirements
for CPU and Virtual Instances.
For example, if you know your customer is buying a 4 CPU solution – OR – if you
know your customer needs 4 VMS, you will need to sell the base license
and the additive license. HP OEM product naming will have “additive”
or “add” in the name of the product
to help you identify this for Preinstall and
NPI editions.
For ROK sales,
double up on the base offerings to cover your additive licensing requirements.
If growth in capacity and virtualization occurs after the purchase of your
customers’ new ProLiant
and HP OEM license purchase,
the additive licenses will be available from Microsoft.
Another change with Standard edition OEM licensing for Windows Server 2012 is that
are no longer part of the packaged offering.
With Windows Server 2008 R2, Standard edition came
with 5 CALs.
The Windows Server 2012 Standard edition has no CALs; therefore,
you will need to purchase your HP OEM device or user CALs separately.
Datacenter edition is the virtualization optimized edition and
offers Unlimited virtual Instances.
Like the Standard edition offering, there is an additive license for each
additional 2 CPUs.
And CALS are sold separately as well.
And some final comments on licensing – there is a Single Product Key per edition
for activation.
And Microsoft will now offer a consistent Downgrade Product offerings
across Volume and OEM offerings.
HP offers a wide variety
of ProLiant Platforms from the MicroServer ,Tower (ML), Rack (DL), Blade (BL) and
Scale out (SL)
that are certified for the Windows Server 2012 family.
Certification of HP ProLiant Generation 7 and 8 platforms can be
on the Microsoft Windows Server Catalog
or listing of ProLiant Server by edition at HP’s website:
And for more information and resources such as white papers and FAQ’s please see
this website
Thank you again for joining me for this session of coffee coaching!