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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.

CAL

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.

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