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© 2016 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. This data sheet is for informational purposes only. Microsoft makes no warranties express or implied, with respect to the information presented here. For more information about Windows Server 2016, visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2016 General Availability Before Windows Server 2016 GA After Windows Server 2016 GA Renewals True-up Renewals True-up On processor-based licensing: • Renewals prior to Windows Server 2016 will stay on the processor-based model for the life of the agreement. On processor-based licensing: • True-ups before Windows Server 2016 GA will be processor-based until the next renewal. On core-based licensing: • Customers will transition to core-based licensing. Before renewal: True-ups will be processor-based and will continue to be processor- based until the next renewal. After renewal: True-ups will be core-based after renewals that take place after Windows Server 2016 GA. Servicing guidelines for Windows Server 2016 The servicing model depends on the installation option the customer selects. Customers who choose the Nano Server installation option will opt into a more active servicing model similar to the experience with Windows 10. Specifically, these periodic releases are known as Current Branch for Business (CBB) releases. This approach supports customers who are moving at a "cloud cadence" of rapid development lifecycles and wish to innovate more quickly. Since this type of servicing continues to provide new features and functionality, Software Assurance is required to deploy and operate Nano Server in production. Customers who choose to install Windows Server 2016 with Desktop Experience or Server Core will be on the Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) model, which comes with 5 years of mainstream support and 5 years of extended support. Installation Option LTSB servicing model CBB servicing model Server with Desktop Experience Yes No Server Core Yes No Nano Server No Yes Windows Server 2016 Licensing

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