In an instant, Windows Server licensing went from processor-based to core-based. In our previous post in this series , we covered three basic rules for core-based licensing, the differences between the Standard and Datacenter versions, and the process of stacking Standard licenses to get permission to run additional VMs.
In this post, we will talk pricing. How much is this going to cost? How is it packaged? And at what point is Datacenter cheaper than Standard? Unfortunately, the answer is not simple. You first need to understand that Windows Server core licenses are sold in packs of two. You can only buy a two-pack. If you are only buying volume licenses and not Software Assurance, here are the prices for a two-pack: So the minimum amount you are going to spend is this: And if you have more than two processors, then you will need to buy enough licenses to cover each processor with 8 cores each.
In our next post, we will give you a calculation to follow to determine how many licenses you will need. Price Break Between Standard and Datacenter As discussed in the previous post , licensing your server using the Standard version allows you to purchase VMs in sets of two.
Each time you cover all your cores with a Standard license or meet the core minimum you have permission to spin up an additional two VMs. At what point is it cheaper to buy Datacenter rather than purchase multiple sets of Standard licenses? The answer is 13 VMs. If you need to run 13 or more VMs on your host, then you should purchase Datacenter licenses.
If you need 12 or less, then it is cheaper to buy Standard licenses. Below are the numbers. Please note that these prices are for volume licenses only and do not include Software Assurance. Single Processor Server.
By Kurt Mackie October 01, Organizations that did not make their Windows purchases through Microsoft volume licensing will no longer be excluded from the company's Extended Security Updates program for Windows 7 Service Pack 1. Previously, volume licensing was required to use the Extended Security Updates program, which adds three years of patch support beyond Windows 7's end-of-support date of Jan. The change to the Extended Security Updates program, announced by Jared Spataro, corporate vice president for Microsoft , opens up Microsoft's patch extension program to smaller and midsize organizations, but only if they are using the Professional or Enterprise editions of Windows 7. Organizations meeting those criteria can buy into the Extended Security Updates program starting on Dec. Here's how a Microsoft partner article expressed it: The Windows 7 ESU will be sold on a per-device basis and the price will increase each year. The price increases every year, but organizations buying into the program in its later stages won't get any price breaks as they'll have to pay for the past patch support.