Licensing Windows Server 2012

You have to keep the numbers of physical processore in mind when licensing Windows Server 2012.

Standard Edition

  • This License is for two processors
  • You can use it for two virtual machines
  • Beside this same functionality as Datacenter Edition

Datacenter Edition

You can use Datacenter Edtion for a unlimited number of virtual machines.


CALs are still neccessary. Device or User CAL as in former versions are available.

  • Choose Device CAL if several users are working on one device
  • Choose User CAL if one user acesses a server with several devices

You can’t use CALs from former versions of Windows Server 2012.

Further reading

Did you like the article? Then I'm happy if you like and share it.
Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *