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Windows Server Licensing

To get the most out of Windows Server, you need to get your licensing lined up. This means understanding how many processors and cores you’re using, as well as how many users and devices will need access to the server. In this guide by certified Microsoft Silver partner, Trusted Tech Team, we cover the essential licensing differences between today’s top Microsoft Server versions and editions. Learn which licensing arrangement is best for you, and shop Windows Server operating systems and CALs with our team today!

Windows Server Licensing: How it Works

  • # of Processors/ Cores
  • # of Users or Devices that will be accessing the server

Most users will opt for Windows Server Standard, as this is the most flexible option. The Standard edition accounts for scalability while being cost effective.

Let’s go over some of the key differences between the versions and edition types.

WINDOWS SERVER 2019 & 2016

Server EditionsProcessing PowerCALsVM Support
Essentials1-2 CPUN/aN/a
Standard16/24 CoresPer User/Device2 (per 16-core)
Datacenter16/24 CoresPer User/DeviceUnlimited
FeaturesEssentialsStandardDatacenter
Core functionality of WS
OSEs / Hyper V Containers
x2

Unlimited
Windows Server Containers
Unlimited

Unlimited
Host Guardian Service
Nano Server
Storage features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica
Shielded Virtual Machines
Networking stack

WINDOWS SERVER 2012

Server EditionsProcessing PowerCALsVM Support
Essentials1-2 CPUN/aN/a
Standard16/24 CoresPer User/Device2 (per 16-core)
Datacenter16/24 CoresPer User/DeviceUnlimited
Server RoleEssentialsStandard/Datacenter
AD Certificate ServicesFullLimited
AD Domain ServicesFull Limited
Application ServerFull Full
DHCP ServerFull Full
DNS ServerFull Limited
File ServicesFull Limited
Hyper-V Full Full
Network Policy & Access ServersFull Limited
Remote Desktop AccessFull Limited

Windows Server 2008

Server 2008/R2 EditionsProcessing PowerCALsVM Support
Standard2 CPU, Max 4 CPUPer User/Device1
EnterpriseFullPer User/DeviceUnlimited

Standard and Datacenter 2008/ R2 have identical features. The main reason for upgrading to Datacenter would be to take advantage of the unlimited Virtual Machine and processor support.

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