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Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Licensing & Pricing FAQ


Microsoft have provided a series of useful documents outlining the licensing and pricing structure of Windows Server 2012.

Windows Server 2012 delivers a dramatically simplified licensing experience that has been shaped by feedback from customers and partners. The new Windows Server licensing approach will help make choosing the right Windows Server easier.

It’s now a lot simpler to determine the required Windows Server edition as there are now just four editions, based on the size of your organization and your requirements for virtualization and cloud computing.

Edition Ideal for... High Level Feature Comparison Licensing Model
Datacenter Highly virtualized private & hybrid cloud environments Full Windows Server functionality with unlimited virtual instances Processor + CAL
Standard Low density or non-virtualized environments Full Windows Server functionality with two virtual instances Processor + CAL
Essentials Small business environments Simpler interface, pre-configured connectivity to cloud based services; no virtualization rights Server (25 User Account Limit)
Foundation Economical general purpose server General purpose Server functionality with no virtualization rights Server (15 User Account Limit)

To find out more you can download the Microsoft FAQ documents here.

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