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  • How to License Windows Server 2012 The Right Way

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    Windows Server 2012 Highlights

    Windows Server is a server side operating system from Microsoft. Since its inception in 2008, Microsoft released many versions of the OS. Windows Server 2012 is currently the most popular, and stable version of the OS.

    Windows Server 2012 comes with a slew of features and licensing models. New features include a new resilient file system (Refs) - which is an evolution of NTFS. The main focus of refs is availability and integrity. Also included are improved power-shell capabilities, Hyper-V replication, New Server Manager, Direct Access VPN and dynamic access control.

    Versions & Releases:

    Editions Overview: Windows Server 2012 is offered in three different editions, each with their own features and licensing rules. Versions include Standard, Datacenter and Essential. The standard and datacenter editions are mainly similar in features. The primary difference between the two, being the number of virtual instances you are allowed to run. The essential edition is also similar in features but is limited to only one instance per development environment.

    Standard Edition: Designed for small to medium sized organizations. Allows you to run 2 server software per license. Additional licenses can also be purchased.

    Datacenter Edition: Suitable for large scale data centers. This edition allows the user to run unlimited number of software instances.

    Essential Edition: Designed for small organization with 25 devices and 50 users. Limited to one server instance.

    Licensing Models: Starting with Server 2012, Microsoft introduced their new, per-core licensing model. This means Standard and DataCenter editions should be licensed based on the amount of processors their server has. Each license covers 2 processors. A CPU or socket is counted as one processor, cores are not.

    Example: A single processor with 10 cores would only require one license.

    Pricing: The DataCenter edition with all the bells and whistles will run you about $5988 for the base 2 core license. While the standard edition costs $689. Both of these editions require Client access licenses (CAL) while the essential edition does not. This is an approximate pricing which is subject to change.

    One Processor with 12 OSE’s require one Datacenter edition while 6 Standard edition licenses, since standard edition allows the running of 2 virtual instances per license.

    One 4-processor server non-virtualized server require 2 standard edition license and 2 datacenter edition licenses.

    How to Properly License CALs:

    Client Access Licensing: Windows Server 2012 standard and Datacenter require both device CALs and user CAls for each user or device connecting to the system. The essential edition does not require CALs, it only allows maximum of 50 devices.

    Still have questions about Windows Server 2012 licensing? Speak to our experts. Royal Discount has been helping individuals and businesses with Microsoft for over 15 years. Contact us directly at 1-877-292-7712.

  • What's the Difference Between Windows Server Standard and DataCenter Editions?


    Comparing Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Versions

    There are two editions of Windows Server 2016, DataCenter Edition and Standard Edition. The Datacenter edition caters to high-density hybrid and private cloud environments, providing unlimited OSE containers, a nano server, new storage features, such as Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica, which is an Azure-inspired storage enhancement, and new Shielded Virtual Machines. In addition, it allows for unlimited on premise virtualization. The Standard Edition comes with limited features coming equipped with little more than the core of the Windows server and two OSE containers.

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    The Standard Edition is sufficient for businesses that do not require virtualization and just need a light weight server. The Datacenter Edition is desirable for large companies and want to put more of their workflows into the cloud or want to rehash their legacy Windows applications and move them to Open Source Apps. Large companies would be able to justify the cost of the high-value servers and licensing.

    Understanding Windows Server

    Servers are used for centralized user and resource management, network security, file and print services, and Web-based collaboration tools. As the mediator between an operating system and the rest of the network, it is arguably the most important component of that network. Microsoft Windows Server products now have a cloud ready operating system, extending the reach to resources not available on servers that are not cloud based. Before deciding to implement the Microsoft server, however, you should determine whether your business has the IT capabilities to make the switch and understand the benefits.

    The new cloud based Microsoft servers allows for businesses to have added layers of security and to stay at the cutting edge of application and infrastructure development to move your business forward. The server provides a platform for transition to the cloud when your company is prepared for the change, while supporting the operations necessary to manage current business workloads.

    For more information on Windows Server 2016, contact our licensing experts at Royal Discount is a certified Microsoft Partner selling, genuine, affordable software online.