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Windows Server 2016 Licensing Datasheet

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Core based licensing: Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter • 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 is required for each server. • A minimum of 8 core licenses is required for each physical processor. • Core licenses will be sold in packs of two. • Eight 2-core packs will be the minimum required to license each physical server. The 2-core pack for each edition is one-eighth the price of a 2-processor license for corresponding Windows Server 2012 R2 editions. • Standard Edition provides rights for up to two OSEs or Hyper-V containers when all physical cores in the server are licensed. For every two additional VMs, all the cores in the server have to be licensed again. • The price of 16-core licenses of Windows Server 2016 Datacenter and Standard edition will be the same price as the 2-processor license of the corresponding editions of the Windows Server 2012 R2 version. • Existing customers' servers under Software Assurance will receive core grants as required, with documentation. Number of 2-core pack licenses needed (Minimum 8 cores/processor; 16 cores/server) Moving to core-based licensing After the General Availability of Windows Server 2016, the transition from processor- based licensing to core-based licensing will not affect customers with Software Assurance until renewal of the agreement. Processor to core conversion: Core grants • After Windows Server 2016 General Availability and prior to renewal of the agreement, licenses with Software Assurance may upgrade to Windows Server 2016 at any time. • After Windows Server 2016 General Availability and at renewal of the agreement, licenses with Software Assurance will transition to core-based licensing. Physical cores per processor 2 4 6 8 10 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 10 16 16 16 16 20 1 2 4 Processors per server Licensing costs Additional licensing required Standard Edition may need additional licensing. Windows Server 2016 Licensing

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