Updated Windows Server 2016 Licensing Datasheet

There’s an updated Windows Server 2016 Licensing Datasheet from Microsoft.┬áThere are some interesting clarifications which you may not have come across before.

Firstly, there’s confirmation that when licensing with Standard edition rather just adding single licences for further virtual machines you need to completely license all of the physical cores again (see page 3).

Then there’s a list of the editions we can expect (page 2) which includes Essentials, MultiPoint Premium Server, Storage Server and Hyper-V Server, and shows the licensing models that will prevail – Core-based for Standard and Datacenter, but Processor-based for the rest.

There’s also a bit more clarification about the process and timings for the processor to core licensing changes (page 4) and then the two available servicing branches are covered on page 5, with Server with Desktop Experience/Server Core on the Long Term Servicing Branch and Nano Server on the Current Branch for Business – which will require SA.

As usual, find the guide in our extensive store of Licensing Guides here: http://bit.ly/MSLicensingGuides.