SOLUTIONS : Microsoft Windows Server Licensing

These are the licensing rules used in the Data Analytics module.

General Rules

  • Windows Server is licensed by either physical server or physical processor. In all cases, the number of physical cores is unlimited.
  • If Windows Server is running anywhere on a physical server, whether directly on the physical server or indirectly on a hosted VM, the physical server is deemed to be running Windows Server.
  • Licenses are not assigned to VOSEs, but VOSEs require licensing of the host physical server.
  • Note that a CAL is not software; it is a legal document granting access.

Datacenter (2012 R2 and 2012)

  • All physical processors must be licensed.
  • One license entitles to two physical processors.
  • One license entitles to one POSE and unlimited number of VOSEs.
  • Requires CALs.

Datacenter and Itanium (2008 R2 and 2008)

  • All physical processors must be licensed.
  • Physical server must have two or more physical processors (Datacenter 2008 R2 only).
  • One license entitles to one physical processor.
  • One license entitles to one POSE and unlimited number of VOSEs.
  • Requires CALs.

Enterprise (2008 R2 and 2008)

  • The physical server must be licensed.
  • One license entitles to one physical server.
  • All VOSEs must be licensed.
  • One license entitles to one POSE and four VOSEs.
  • If run in POSE and four VOSEs, POSE can be used only to support the VOSEs.
  • Number of physical processors is unlimited.
  • Requires CALs.

Standard (2012 R2 and 2012)

  • All physical processors must be licensed.
  • One license entitles to two physical processors.
  • All VOSEs must be licensed.
  • One license entitles to one POSE and two VOSEs.
    If run in POSE and both VOSEs, POSE can be used only to support the VOSEs.
  • Requires CALs.

Standard (2008 R2)

  • The physical server must be licensed.
  • One license entitles to one physical server.
  • All VOSEs must be licensed.
  • One license entitles to one POSE and one VOSE.
    If run in POSE and VOSE, POSE can be used only to support the VOSE.
  • Number of physical processors is unlimited.
  • Requires CALs.

Standard (2008)

  • The physical server must be licensed.
  • One license entitles to one physical server.
  • All VOSEs must be licensed.
  • One license entitles to one POSE or VOSE.
  • Number of physical processors is unlimited.
  • Requires CALs.

Essentials (2012 R2)

  • The physical server must be licensed.
  • One license entitles to one physical server.
  • Number of VOSEs is limited to one.
  • One license entitles to one POSE and VOSE.
    If run in POSE and VOSE, POSE can be used only to support the VOSE.
  • No CALs. Entitles to 25 named users.

Essentials (2012)

  • The physical server must be licensed.
  • One license entitles to one physical server.
  • Number of VOSEs is limited to one.
  • One license entitles to one POSE or VOSE.
  • No CALs. Entitles to 25 named users.