All About Microsoft Server Licensing

How it Works

Firstly, you always purchase the latest edition of Windows Server so the latest rules always apply.  You may opt to deploy an older version of Windows Server but the rules for Server 2016 will apply.  With Server 2016, Microsoft has switched to a per-core licensing model.

 

By changing the licensing, Microsoft states it will establish a common currency for computing resources on-premise and in the cloud.

 

As a general rule, 1 x Windows Server 2016 license is required for each core, with a minimum of 16 cores.

Scenario 1

  • 1 physical server
  • 1 processor
  • 4 cores per processor

A minimum of 16 cores must be licensed

Scenario 2

  • 1 physical server
  • 2 processors
  • 8 cores per processor

A minimum of 16 cores must be licensed

Scenario 3

  • 1 physical server
  • 2 processors
  • 12 cores per processor

24 cores must be licensed because a license is required for each core (above the minimum of 16 cores)

If you would like more information about Windows Server 2016 licensing please feel free to contact us.