Technical Reference: Microsoft Windows Server Per-Core Licensing
In 2016, Microsoft has changed the Windows Server licensing model from server licenses (Server 2008) to processor licenses (Server 2012) to core licenses (Server 2016). To make things a little easier, we’ve created a licensing calculator:
Microsoft Windows Server Per-Core Licensing Calculator
Datacenter edition still offers unlimited Hyper-V Virtual Machines (VMs), and Standard edition includes VMs with the base licensing of the host machine, with additional Core licenses needed for VMs over 2.
Some highlights of the changes:
- Each physical core in the server needs to be licensed. That means you can skip counting hyper-threaded virtual cores.
- Each physical processor needs to be licensed with a minimum of 8 cores. So 4 core and 6 core chips still need 8.
- Each physical server is required to be licensed with a minimum of 16 cores. This sets the minimum cost for Server Standard Edition.
- Core licenses are sold in 2-packs. So with the minimum 16 cores, you’ll buy 8 2-pack Core licenses. Need 24 cores, you’ll buy 12 2-pack bundles.
Here’s some articles with decent explanations and examples:
This article viewed
5066 times as of 07/04/2020
First published on 10/15/2017
Last modified on 10/15/2017
Note: Some of our articles were originally published several years ago. There may be errors or newer information. If you find an error, please use the Contact page to let us know. We create these articles as a public benefit to our fellow IT Support and network administration professionals.