Licensing Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

Useful Microsoft blog article on changes to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials licensing. There’s a reminder that virtualisation licensing rights have been expanded so you can now install Essentials on the physical server AND in a virtual machine, but more interestingly there’s news of the Windows Server Essentials Experience role that’s been added to Standard and Datacenter editions.

Customers can now turn on this role rather than exercising their downgrade rights to install Essentials BUT the licensing remains the same as for the edition purchased – in other words, you’ll still need Windows Server CALs, and RDS CALs if you’re using the Remote Web Access feature.

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