Friday, July 6, 2012

Windows Server 2012: Licensing, FAQ and Capabilities

imageWindows Server 2012 will be available in four editions; Datacenter, Standard, Essentials and Foundation. Check out the details on licensing and capabilities below.

  1. Find licensing and pricing details in this downloadable datasheet
  2. Find the answers to the most commonly asked pricing and licensing questions.
  3. Check out the capabilities in Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate.
Edition Ideal for… High Level Feature
Comparison
Licensing Model Pricing
Open NL (US$)
Datacenter Highly virtualized
private & hybrid
cloud environments
Full Windows
Server functionality
with unlimited
virtual instances
Processor + CAL* $4,809**
Standard Low density or non-
virtualized
environments
Full Windows
Server functionality
with two virtual
instances
Processor + CAL* $882**
Essentials Small business
environments
Simpler interface,
pre-configured
connectivity to
cloud based services; no
virtualization rights
Server (25 User
Account Limit)
$425**
Foundation Economical general
purpose server
General purpose
server functionality
with no
virtualization rights
Server (15 User
Account Limit)
OEM Only

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

**Pricing represents Open No Level (NL) ERP. For your specific pricing, contact your Microsoft reseller.

Remote Desktop Related (taken from the FAQ):

“…Q28. Do I still need a separate CAL to access Remote Desktop Services Do I still need a separate CAL to access Remote Desktop Services  (RDS) and Active Directory Rights Management Service (ADRMS)?

Yes, The licensing requirements for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and Active Directory Rights Management Service (ADRMS) have not changed with Windows Server 2012. Customers are still required to purchase an ADRMS or RDS CAL in addition to a Windows Server CAL to access ADRMS or RDS functionality. The CAL accessing the instance of Windows Server must be equivalent or higher in version than the server being accessed..”

Source: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/2012-editions.aspx

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