The licensing model for Windows Server will change to Core + CAL when the 2016 version launches in the second half of 2016, and there’s a new licensing datasheet which details the changes.
Here are the key points:
- All physical cores in the server must be licensed
- A minimum of 8 Core licences are required for each physical processor in the server
- A minimum of 16 Core licences are required for servers with one processor
Core licences will be sold in packs of two
- SA customers will exchange Processor licences for Core licences at SA renewal
- Processor licences will be exchanged for 16 Core licences or the actual number of physical cores in use
- EA and SCE customers may continue to purchase Processor licences through the term of their agreement
Some things will stay the same:
- Users or devices are licensed with CALs which may access multiple Windows Servers
- Additional CALs are required for Remote Desktop Services or AD Rights Management Services
- Standard edition provides rights for up to 2 OSEs and Datacenter edition licenses an unlimited number
Find the licensing datasheet in the Core Infrastructure section here: http://bit.ly/MSlicensingguides to read the detail and to see a useful table which compares pricing as the licensing model changes between Windows Server 2012 R2 and 2016.