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Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Software Licenses

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 has transitioned to core-based licensing for both Standard and Datacenter editions. Core-based licensing provides a more consistent licensing metric across multi-cloud environments and improves workload portability for Windows Server. It also helps remove friction across different licensing models.

Help Me Choose: Essentials vs. Standard vs Datacenter License

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Essentials Edition - For small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices. Follows a processor-based model and does not require additional CALs. Essentials is a good option for customers that previously used Foundation edition.

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition - For low density or non-virtualized environments. Includes rights to two Operating System Environments (OSEs, or virtual machines) or Hyper-V containers. Follows a core-based licensing model and requires additional User or Device CALs. For every two additional VMs, all the cores in the server have to be licensed again.

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition - For highly virtualized datacenter and cloud environments. Includes rights for unlimited OSEs and Hyper-V containers. Follows a core-based licensing model and requires additional User or Device CALs. Features exclusive to Datacenter includes Shielded Virtual Machines, software-defined networking, Storage Spaces Direct, Storage Replica.

Core-based Licensing Basics:

  • All physical cores in the server must be licensed. Servers are licensed based on the number of processor cores in the physical server.
  • A minimum of 16 core licenses (8 x 2-core packs) is required for each server.
  • A minimum of 8 core licenses is required for each physical processor.
  • Additional User or Device CALs are required.

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Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Essentials 1 Processor License, 25 User CALs Open Business Aventis Systems, Inc. Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard License, 2 Core Pack - Open Business from Aventis Systems, Inc. Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard License, 8 Core Pack - Open Business from Aventis Systems, Inc.
1 Processor, 25 Users, 50 Devices
MS Part #: G3S-01015 (Qty 1)

2 Core Pack, 2 OSEs or Hyper-V Containers
All Physical Cores in Server Must Be Licensed
MS Part #: 9EM-00124 (Qty 1)
8 Core Pack, 2 OSEs or Hyper-V Containers
All Physical Cores in Server Must Be Licensed
MS Part #: 9EM-00124 (Qty 4)
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard License, 16 Core Pack - Open Business from Aventis Systems, Inc. Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard License, 24 Core Pack - Open Business from Aventis Systems, Inc. Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard License, 32 Core Pack - Open Business from Aventis Systems, Inc.
16 Core Pack, 2 OSEs or Hyper-V Containers
All Physical Cores in Server Must Be Licensed
MS Part #: 9EM-00124 (Qty 8)
24 Core Pack, 2 OSEs or Hyper-V Containers
All Physical Cores in Server Must Be Licensed
MS Part #: 9EM-00124 (Qty 12)
32 Core Pack, 2 OSEs or Hyper-V Containers
All Physical Cores in Server Must Be Licensed
MS Part #: 9EM-00124 (Qty 16)
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard License & SA, 2 Core Pack Open Business Aventis Systems, Inc. Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard License & SA, 8 Core Pack Open Business Aventis Systems, Inc. Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard License & SA, 16 Core Pack Open Business Aventis Systems, Inc.
2 Core Pack & SA, 2 OSEs or Hyper-V*
All Physical Cores in Server Must Be Licensed
MS Part #: 9EM-00120 (Qty 1)
8 Core Pack & SA, 2 OSEs or Hyper-V
All Physical Cores in Server Must Be Licensed
MS Part #: 9EM-00120 (Qty 4)
16 Core Pack & SA, 2 OSEs or Hyper-V
All Physical Cores in Server Must Be Licensed
MS Part #: 9EM-00120 (Qty 8)
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard License & SA, 24 Core Pack Open Business Aventis Systems, Inc. Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard License & SA, 32 Core Pack Open Business Aventis Systems, Inc. Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter License, 2 Core Pack Open Business Aventis Systems, Inc.
24 Core Pack & SA, 2 OSEs or Hyper-V
All Physical Cores in Server Must Be Licensed
MS Part #: 9EM-00120 (Qty 12)
32 Core Pack & SA, 2 OSEs or Hyper-V
All Physical Cores in Server Must Be Licensed
MS Part #: 9EM-00120 (Qty 16)
2 Core Pack, Unlimited OSEs
All Physical Cores in Server Must Be Licensed
MS Part #: 9EA-00128 (Qty 1)
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter License, 8 Core Pack Open Business Aventis Systems, Inc. Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter License, 16 Core Pack Open Business Aventis Systems, Inc. Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter License, 24 Core Pack Open Business Aventis Systems, Inc.
8 Core Pack, Unlimited OSEs
All Physical Cores in Server Must Be Licensed
MS Part #: 9EA-00128 (Qty 4)
16 Core Pack, Unlimited OSEs
All Physical Cores in Server Must Be Licensed
MS Part #: 9EA-00128 (Qty 8)
24 Core Pack, Unlimited OSEs
All Physical Cores in Server Must Be Licensed
MS Part #: 9EA-00128 (Qty 12)
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter License, 32 Core Pack Open Business Aventis Systems, Inc. Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter License & SA, 2 Core Pack Open Business Aventis Systems, Inc. Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter License & SA, 8 Core Pack Open Business Aventis Systems, Inc.
32 Core Pack, Unlimited OSEs
All Physical Cores in Server Must Be Licensed
MS Part #: 9EA-00128 (Qty 16)
2 Core Pack & SA, Unlimited OSEs
All Physical Cores in Server Must Be Licensed
MS Part #: 9EA-00124 (Qty 1)
8 Core Pack & SA, Unlimited OSEs
All Physical Cores in Server Must Be Licensed
MS Part #: 9EA-00124 (Qty 4)
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter License & SA, 16 Core Pack Open Business Aventis Systems, Inc. Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter License & SA, 24 Core Pack Open Business Aventis Systems, Inc. Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter License & SA, 32 Core Pack Open Business Aventis Systems, Inc.
16 Core Pack & SA, Unlimited OSEs
All Physical Cores in Server Must Be Licensed
MS Part #: 9EA-00124 (Qty 8)
24 Core Pack & SA, Unlimited OSEs
All Physical Cores in Server Must Be Licensed
MS Part #: 9EA-00124 (Qty 12)
32 Core Pack & SA, Unlimited OSEs
All Physical Cores in Server Must Be Licensed
MS Part #: 9EA-00124 (Qty 16)
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 External Connector Open Value License from Aventis Systems
Microsoft Open License Program
Window Server 2017 External Connector License
Unlimited External Users
Microsoft Qualified Only
MS Part # : R39-01181
   
 
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