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Licensing

Windows Server 2016

Product overview
Windows Server 2016 is the cloud-ready operating system that
Datacenter Standard
supports customer workloads while introducing new technologies Feature
Edition Edition
that make it easy for customers to transition to cloud computing
when they are ready. Windows Server 2016 delivers powerful new Core functionality
✓ ✓
layers of security along with Azure-inspired innovation for the of Windows Server
applications and infrastructure that power business. Operating System
Environments
Unlimited 2
Editions overview (OSEs/Hyper-V
containers)
Customers can choose from three primary editions of Windows
Windows Server
Server, based on the size of the organization as well as virtualization Unlimited Unlimited
containers
and datacenter requirements:
Host Guardian
• Datacenter Edition is ideal for highly virtualized and software- ✓ ✓
Service
defined datacenter environments.
Nano Server * ✓ ✓
• Standard Edition is ideal for customers with low density or
non-virtualized environments. Storage features
including Storage
• Essentials Edition is a cloud-connected first server, ideal for Spaces Direct and

small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices. Essentials Storage Replica
is a good option for customers currently using the Foundation
Shielded Virtual
Edition, which is not available with Windows Server 2016. ✓
Machines

Windows Server 2016 features Networking stack ✓

Windows Server 2016 customers benefit from a variety of new Price** $6,155 $882
features. New features in Standard Edition include Nano Server
** Software Assurance is required to install and use Nano Server.
and unlimited Windows Server containers; customers also receive
** Pricing for Open (NL) ERP license for 16 core licenses. Actual
rights to two Operating System Environments (OSEs) or Hyper-V customer prices may vary.
containers. New features exclusive to Datacenter Edition include
Shielded Virtual Machines, software-defined networking, Storage
Spaces Direct, and Storage Replica; customers receive rights to
unlimited OSEs or Hyper-V containers and unlimited Windows
Server containers.

which is currently benefits like Azure Hybrid Use Benefit (AHUB). ** Rounding may result in slight variations in the final price of eight 2-pack core SKUs relative to the price of one Windows Server 2012 R2 processor SKU. Each user and/or device accessing a licensed Windows Server Standard. See the Product Terms for details. subject to a minimum of 8 core licenses per physical processor and a minimum of 16 core licenses per server. in Azure.azure. Each Window Server CAL allows access to multiple licenses of Windows Server. • Core licenses are sold in packs of two.Windows Server 2016 Licensing Windows Server 2016 licensing model Azure Hybrid Use Benefit The business model for Standard and Datacenter editions transitioned from With the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit. improving workload portability for Windows Server through base compute rate. although they can deploy Windows Server 2016 at any time. ** CALs are required for every user or device accessing a server. processor-based to core-based licensing in October 2016 with the general customers with Software Assurance availability of Windows Server 2016 (all other editions of Windows Server 2016 can benefit from special pricing for continue to be on the processor-based licensing model). Edition Licensing model CAL requirements Datacenter Core-based* Windows Server CAL** Standard Core-based* Windows Server CAL** Essentials Specialty server No CAL required ** All physical cores on the server must be licensed. or Multipoint edition requires a Windows Server CAL or Windows Server and Remote Desktop Services CAL. The two-core pack for each edition is 1/8th the price of a license for a 2-processor server for corresponding Windows Server 2012 R2 editions. . For each additional 1 or 2 VMs. enabling multi. • The price of a set of 16 core licenses (for a 2-processor server) for Windows Server 2016 Datacenter and Standard editions is the same price** as the 2-processor license of the corresponding edition of Windows Server 2012 R2. visit Customers with Software Assurance will transition to core-based licensing at their www. Datacenter. Core-based licensing new Windows Server virtual machines provides a more consistent licensing metric across environments.* • Standard Edition provides rights for up to 2 Operating System Environments or Hyper-V containers when all physical cores in the server are licensed. first renewal after the general availability of Windows Server 2016. For complete details. • A minimum of 8 core licenses is required for each physical processor and a minimum of 16 core licenses is required for each server. ** 8 two-core packs will be the minimum required to license each physical server. The Windows Server 2016 licensing model includes both Cores + Client Access Licenses (CALs). all the physical cores in the server must be licensed again.com/ahub. Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter: Core-based licensing Core-based licensing requires all physical cores in the server to be licensed. A Windows Server CAL gives a user or device the right to access any edition of Windows Server of the same or earlier version. and helping remove friction across the same as the Linux rate for virtual different licensing models. machines. Customers pay only for the cloud environments. Servers are licensed based on the number of processor cores in the physical server.

Inventory must be maintained at the first expiration of the Software Assurance coverage after the general availability of Windows Server 2016 or before September 30. customers do not need to document their environments. Additional core license grants: Customers with a server density of more than 8 cores per processor and 16 cores per server are eligible to receive additional core license grants and pay only Software Assurance on the incremental cores. Core license grants overview Customers with servers under Software Assurance will receive core license grants at the expiration of Software Assurance coverage. customers must maintain a record of the physical hardware and the configuration of the licensed server by using the Microsoft Software Inventory Logging tool (SIL) or any equivalent software. To receive full core license grants. Note: Customers are not required to share inventory with Microsoft. for example. Moving to core-based licensing Customers purchasing net new licenses.Windows Server 2016 Licensing Physical cores per processor 2 4 6 8 10 1 8 8 8 8 8 Processors per server 2 8 8 8 8 10 4* 16 16 16 16 20 Licensing costs are same as Windows Server 2012 R2 Additional licensing required * Standard Edition may need additional licensing. Full core license grants: Customers with a server density of 8 or fewer cores per processor and 16 or fewer cores per server are eligible to receive full core license grants. 1. there are two categories of core license grants: Full core licenses and additional core licenses. . To receive additional core license grants. Customers will receive a minimum of 8 cores per processor and 16 cores per server at the expiration of Software Assurance coverage after the general availability of Windows Server 2016. Depending on the core density of existing servers. 2. • Renewal before the general availability of Windows Server 2016: Customers with Software Assurance will be on processor-based licensing and true-ups will also be processor-based. will purchase licenses under the core-based model. but may be asked to share inventory if required. 2019. • Renewal after the general availability of Windows Server 2016: Customers with Software Assurance will transition to core-based licensing and true-ups will also be core-based. Existing customers with Software Assurance will transition from processor-based to core-based licensing at the first renewal after the general availability of Windows Server 2016. through MPSA or from an OEM.

cores per server for the documentation of their Windows Server 2016 on corresponding edition of server environment. . This approach supports customers who are moving at a cloud cadence of rapid development lifecycles and wish to innovate more quickly. Software Assurance on incremental cores. Additional Servers with >8 cores Grants for core licenses for Customer is required to Price impact: core license per processor and servers greater than 8 per establish and maintain Customer pays Software grants >16 cores per server. * Rounding may result in slight variations in the final price of eight 2-pack core SKUs relative to the price of one Windows Server 2012 R2 processor SKU.Windows Server 2016 Licensing Core grants Eligibility What customers receive Documentation Price impact Full core Servers with ≤8 cores A minimum of 8 cores Customer is not required No price impact: license per processor and ≤16 per processor and 16 to establish or maintain Customer licensing grants cores per server. Software Assurance is also required to install and use Nano Server. This datasheet is for informational purposes only. with respect to the information presented here. processor and 16 cores per documentation of their Assurance on incremental server and customer pays server environment. visit www. Announcing servicing guidelines for Windows Server 2016 With prior releases. Since this servicing model continues to provide new features and functionality.com/windowsserver2016 Copyright © 2017 Microsoft. All rights reserved. per processor and ≤ 16 cores per server pay approximately the same amount* as they did for a 2-processor Windows Server 2012 R2 license.microsoft. For more information about Windows Server 2016. with 5 years of mainstream support and 5 years of extended support. servers with ≤ 8 cores Windows Server 2016. Windows Server has been serviced and supported through a 5+5 model. express or implied. Customers choosing the Nano Server installation will opt into a more active servicing model—known as Current Branch for Business (CBB)—similar to the experience with Windows 10. Inc. This model—renamed Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB)—will continue with Windows Server 2016 for customers who choose to install full Windows Server 2016 with Desktop Experience or Server Core. Microsoft makes no warranties. cores.