Windows Server 2012 Licensing Datasheet

Here is another PDF I found very useful. It provides an edition overview, licensing overview, info on CALs and how to transition to the new licensing model.

Key points

Datacenter edition for highly virtualised private cloud environments
Stanard edition for non or very small virtualised environments
Essentials edition for small businesses up to 25 users on up to two processors
Foundation edition for small businesses up to 15 users on single processors

CALs are still required for every user or device accessing a server
Consistent processor-based license

If you are an Microsoft SA customer check your entitlement as you may already have access to Server 2012!

Windows Server 2012 Licensing & Pricing FAQ

Here is a PDF file I found very useful that details the new Server 2012 licensing and pricing model for Server 2012.

Key points

Four editions:
Standard and Datacenter for medium to large enterprises wanting virtualisation technologies
Essentials and Foundation for small to medium businesses
Single License that covers two physical processors
Virtualisation rights are the only difference between editions
Standard edition allows two virtual machines to be run on two processors
Datacenter edition allows unlimited virtual machines to be run on two processors
For more than two processors another server license is required

Windows Server 2012 UK Technical Launch

I was lucky enough to attend Microsoft’s UK Technical Launch of Windows Server 2012, on Tuesday 25th September in London. I wasn’t really sure what to expect as I had been to a few of these in the past and sat and listened to marketing people using maketing speial to try and sell the latest product. The room, setting and event was very well organised and a pleasure to attend. The best bit was having Microsoft technical guys and MVPs on stage demonstrating and describing the best bits that Server 2012 has to offer and trust me there are plenty (hundreds of new features).

I was completely “wowed” and the question I kept asking myself was “Why would you not want to implement this?” It is THAT good!

Where do I start…seriously there is not enough time and space to detail everything so I have picked, in my opinion, the top 10 best new features.

The buzzwords are Cloud OS, flexible, scalable, dynamic, robust, open and elastic.

1. Hyper-V Network Virtualisation – no more VLANs
2. Hyper-V Replication – replication between hosts in different sites
3. Data Dedup – efficiently store, transfer and backup less data
4. Powershell v3.0 – there are now 2,500 cmdlets
5. Server Manager – can now manage multiple servers by grouping
6. ReFS – add-on to NTFS for resilience and fault tolerance
7. Convert from Full GUI to Server Core and back again
8. Storage Spaces – create your own storage space from various different storage options
9. IPAM – IP Address Management for discovering, monitoring, and managing the corporate IP address space
10. SMB 3.0 – Hyper-V can now store virtual machines on file servers

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First thing I did when I was back in the office was download and install Server 2012 so go and download it now