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Windows Server 2016 Licensing Datasheet

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Windows Server 2016 feature differentiation and core-based pricing Feature Datacenter Standard Core functionality of Windows Server OSEs / Hyper-V containers Unlimited 2 Windows Server containers Unlimited Unlimited Host Guardian Service Nano Server* Storage features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica Shielded Virtual Machines Networking stack Core-based pricing** $6,155 $882 *Software Assurance is required to deploy and operate Nano Server in production. **Pricing for Open (NL) ERP license for 16 core licenses. Actual customer prices may vary. Windows Server 2016 licensing model The Windows Server 2016 licensing model includes both Cores + Client Access Licenses (CALs). Each user and/or device accessing a licensed Windows Server Standard, Datacenter or Multipoint edition requires a Windows Server CAL or a Windows Server and a Remote Desktop Services (RDS) CAL. A Windows Server CAL gives a user or device the right to access any edition of Windows Server of the same or earlier version. Each Window Server CAL allows access to multiple licenses of Windows Server. After the General Availability of Windows Server 2016, the business model for Standard and Datacenter editions will transition from processor-based to core- based licensing. Core-based licensing provides a more consistent licensing metric across multi-cloud environments, improves workload portability for Windows Server through benefits like Azure Hybrid Use Benefit, and helps remove friction across different licensing models. Editions Licensing model CAL requirements* Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Core-based Windows Server CAL Windows Server 2016 Standard Core-based Windows Server CAL Windows Server 2016 Essentials Processor-based No CAL required Windows Server 2016 MultiPoint Premium Server Processor-based Windows Server CAL+ Remote Desktop Services CAL Windows Storage Server 2016 Processor-based No CAL required Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016 NA NA Windows Server 2016 Licensing * Some additional or advanced functionality such as Remote Desktop Services or Active Directory Rights Management Services will continue to require the purchase of an additive CAL.

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