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Microsoft Windows Server - License models provided by LIS

Introduction

This is the list of license models provided by LIS for Microsoft Windows Server as of December 2020.

The name of the license model refers to the product version with which the implemented metric was published by Microsoft in their product use rights / product terms documentation. 

Example: The license models "Windows Standard 2016..." were introduced with that version but apply also for Windows Server 2019.

Standard Edition

Name of License Model Description
Windows Standard 2003 R2 | CPU (SPLA; No Virtualization; No Mobility) One license per processor or operating system environment running the software including virtual machines hosted now or during minimum entitlement period.
Windows Standard 2003 R2 | Server + CAL (No Virtualization; No Mobility) One license per operating system environment running the software in physical and any virtual machines hosted now or during minimum entitlement period.
Windows Standard 2008 | CPU (SPLA; Ltd. Virtualization; No Mobility) One license per processor or operating system environment running the software including virtual machines hosted now or during minimum entitlement period.   One virtual machine is included with first license.
Windows Standard 2012 | 2 CPU + CAL (Ltd. Virtualization; No Mobility) One license per 2 processors and operating system environments running the software on a physical machine during minimum entitlement period.   If host operating system is used for hosting only then one additional copy is included.
Windows Standard 2016 | Core (SPLA; Ltd. Virtualization; No Mobility) Number of physical cores, but minimum 8 cores per CPU socket. Two VM are included, for every two additional virtual machines all physical cores have to be licensed.
Windows Standard 2016 | Core + CAL (Ltd. Virtualization; No Mobility) Number of physical cores, but minimum 8 cores per CPU socket and minimum of 16 cores per physical server. Two VM are included, for every two additional virtual machines all physical cores have to be licensed.

Enterprise Edition

Name of License Model Description
Windows Enterprise 2003 R2 | CPU (SPLA; Ltd. Virtualization; No Mobility) One license per processor and operating system environments running the software. If host operating system is used for hosting only then one additional copy is included. Four virtual operating system environments are included per license.
Windows Enterprise 2003 R2 | Server + CAL (Ltd. Virtualization; No Mobility) One license per four operating system environments running the software now or during minimum entitlement period. If host operating system is used for hosting only then one additional copy is included.

Datacenter Edition

Name of License Model Description
Windows Datacenter 2003 | CPU (SPLA; Full Virtualization; No Mobility) Microsoft licensing per physical CPU including unlimited virtual instances on SPLA
Windows Datacenter 2003 | CPU + CAL (Full Virtualization; No Mobility) One license per physical processor with unlimited number of hosted virtual machines included.
Windows Datacenter 2003 | Server + CAL/EC (Full Virtualization) licensing per server including any virtual instances
Windows Datacenter 2012 | 2 CPU + CAL (Full Virtualization; No Mobility) Microsoft licensing per 2 physical CPU including unlimited virtual instances
Windows Datacenter 2016 | Core (SPLA; Full Virtualization; No Mobility) Number of physical cores, but minimum 8 cores per CPU socket.
Windows Datacenter 2016 | Core + CAL (Full Virtualization; No Mobility) Number of physical cores, but minimum 8 cores per CPU socket and minimum of 16 cores per physical server.

Other Editions

Name of License Model Description
Windows Essentials 2011 | Server (No Virtualization; No Mobility) One license per operating system environment running the software.
Windows Essentials 2012 R2 | Server (Ltd. Virtualization, No Mobility) One license per Operating System instance running the software. If running in a virtual machine and physical instance is used for hosting only, physical instance does not need a license.
Windows Essentials 2016 | CPU (SPLA; Ltd. Virtualization; No Mobility) One license per processor or operating system environment running the software including virtual machines hosted now or during minimum entitlement period.   One virtual machine is included with first license.
Windows MultiPoint 2016 | Server + CAL/EC (Ltd. Virtualization, No Mobility) One license per Operating System instance running the software. If running in a virtual machine and physical instance is used for hosting only, physical instance does not need a license.

 

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