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System Center 2012 R2

Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 offers solutions for managing datacenter resources, private clouds, and client devices. It delivers unified management across on-premises, service provider, and Windows Azure environments, thereby enabling the Microsoft Cloud OS. Learn more:

  • Buyer’s Guide for an interactive experience on licensing-related information about use rights, upgrades, and migration paths.

  • Licensing Editions to find out more about the System Center 2012 R2 licensing model.

  • How to Buy for an overview of pricing and licensing options.

  • FAQs for the most frequently asked questions about System Center 2012 R2 licensing.

Licensing Editions

System Center 2012 R2 server management licensing maximizes your private cloud value while simplifying purchasing. All server management licenses (SMLs) include the same components and the ability to manage any workload. System Center 2012 R2 SMLs will be released in two editions differentiated by virtualization rights only.


Licensing Overview

System Center 2012 R2 licensing summary:

  • License required only for endpoints being managed. No additional licenses are needed for management servers or SQL Server technology.

  • Consistent licensing model across editions. Processor-based license, covering up to two processors, for server management. User-based or operating system environment (OSE)–based license for client management.

Server Management License Edition Comparison

The following table compares the two server management license (ML) editions.


Datacenter

Standard

Number of physical processors per license

2

2

Number of managed OSEs per license

Unlimited

2

Includes all System Center server management components

Right to run management server software and supporting SQL Server Runtime (SQL Server Standard Edition)

Manage any type of supported workload

Open No Level (NL) License and Software Assurance (L&SA) 2-year price

$3,607

$1,323

Components included in the server MLs are not available separately.

Licensing Managed Clients

Client MLs are required for managed devices that run non-server OSEs. The following table compares the three System Center 2012 R2 client ML offerings:


Configuration Manager Client ML

Endpoint Protection Subscription

Client Management Suite Client ML

Components included

Configuration Manager


Virtual Machine Manager

Endpoint Protection

Service Manager


Operations Manager


Data Protection Manager


Orchestrator

Included in Core CAL Suite

Included in Enterprise CAL Suite

Open NL L&SA 2-year price

$62

$22

$121

Client MLs are available on a per-OSE or per-user basis. Components included in the client MLs are not available separately.

Transitioning to the New Client Licensing Model

If you have Software Assurance coverage on your current System Center licenses at the time of System Center 2012 R2 General Availability, you will receive the System Center 2012 R2 client ML grants listed in the following table.


Note: There are no step-up paths for client MLs.

Planning for System Center 2012 R2

If you are planning to deploy System Center 2012 R2, either through upgrades or new licenses, remember the following:

  • Renewing Software Assurance is the best way to protect investments and provide access to new versions, Deployment Planning Services, and technical assistance.

  • Select your edition of System Center 2012 R2 based on virtualization rights:

    • Datacenter edition for highly virtualized private clouds

    • Standard edition for lightly or non-virtualized private clouds

  • Core Client Access License (CAL) and Enterprise CAL Suites will continue to be the most cost-effective way to purchase client management products.

For more information, download the System Center 2012 R2 Licensing Guide (PDF, 310 KB).

How to Buy

Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 licensing is simple, economical, and cloud-optimized. It is offered in two editions: Standard and Datacenter. Both editions include the full set of System Center server management capabilities and are differentiated only by virtualization rights.


System Center 2012 R2 Datacenter Edition

System Center 2012 R2 Standard Edition

System Center 2012 R2 Datacenter Edition provides an easy and economical option for managing virtualized servers:

  • It includes all System Center 2012 R2 server management features and capabilities.

  • Each license covers up to two physical processors and the right to manage an unlimited number of virtual operating system environments.

System Center 2012 R2 Standard Edition provides an easy and economical option for managing non-virtualized and lightly virtualized servers:

  • It includes all System Center 2012 R2 server management features and capabilities.

  • Each license covers up to two physical processors and the right to manage up to two virtual operating system environments.

  • Multiple System Center 2012 R2 Standard licenses can be assigned to the same server to increase the number of operating system environments that can be managed.

Pricing and Licensing Overview

Edition

Components Included

VMs Per License

Open NL License & Software Assurance
(2- year price)

System Center 2012 R2 Standard Edition

  • App Controller

  • Configuration Manager

  • Data Protection Manager

  • Endpoint Protection

  • Operations Manager

  • Orchestrator

  • Service Manager

  • Virtual Machine Manager

2

$1,323

System Center 2012 R2 Datacenter Edition

  • App Controller

  • Configuration Manager

  • Data Protection Manager

  • Endpoint Protection

  • Operations Manager

  • Orchestrator

  • Service Manager

  • Virtual Machine Manager

Unlimited

$3,607

FAQ

Q: What's new in System Center 2012 R2 server management licensing?


A: System Center 2012 R2 server management licensing does not change from System Center 2012.


Q: Can you describe the product editions offered with System Center 2012 R2?


A: As with System Center 2012, System Center 2012 R2 server management licenses will be released in two editions differentiated by virtualization rights only:

  • Datacenter: Maximizes cloud capacity with unlimited operating system environments (OSEs) for high density private clouds

  • Standard: For lightly or non-virtualized private cloud workloads.

There is no differentiation between the types of workloads you can manage with either edition. The only difference between the editions is the number of OSEs that you can manage per license. Datacenter edition allows for the management of an unlimited number of OSEs per license. Standard edition allows for the management of up to two OSEs per license.


Q: How do I determine the number of Server Management Licenses (MLs) that I need?


A: Server MLs are required for managed devices that run server OSEs. Licenses are processor-based, with each license covering up to two physical processors. For Datacenter edition, the number of server MLs required for each managed server is determined by the number of physical processors in the server. For Standard edition, it is determined by either the number of physical processors in the server or the number of OSEs being managed (whichever is greater).

  • System Center 2012 R2 Datacenter: Each license covers up to two physical processors. You must count the number of physical processors on the server, divide that number by two, round up to the nearest whole number, and acquire and assign that number of licenses to your server. Provided you acquire and assign to your server the required number of Datacenter edition server management licenses, as described above, you can manage any number of OSEs on that server.

  • System Center 2012 R2 Standard: For each managed server, count the number of physical processors and the number of managed OSEs. You need the number of licenses to cover the greater number (processors or OSEs).


Processor Count

Managed OSE Count

Each license covers up to two physical processors, so you must count the number of physical processors on the server, divide that number by two, and then round up to the nearest whole number.

Each license permits you to manage up to two OSEs, so you must count the number of OSEs you will manage on the server, divide that number by two, and round up to the nearest whole number.**

**An exception to this rule is when the physical OSE on your server is being used solely to run hardware virtualization software, provide hardware virtualization services, and run software to manage and service OSEs on that device. In that case, you count only the number of virtual OSEs you will manage on the server, divide that number by two, and round up to the nearest whole number.


Examples:


Datacenter Server
MLs Required

Standard Server MLs Required

One 1-processor,
non-virtualized server

1

1

One 4-processor,
non-virtualized server

2

2

One 2-processor server with 3 virtual OSEs

1

2*

One 4-processor server with 8 virtual OSEs

2

4*

*Multiple System Center 2012 R2 Standard licenses may be assigned to the same server to license the number of managed OSEs.


Q: Can I purchase each of the System Center 2012 R2 Server Management License components separately?


A: No. The System Center 2012 R2 Server Management components are part of an integrated offering to create and manage private cloud environments. They are available only as part of System Center 2012 R2 Standard and System Center Datacenter MLs.


Q: Can I split System Center 2012 R2 Server MLs across multiple servers?


A: No, a single Server ML cannot be used to license two one-processor servers.


For answers to additional frequently asked questions, download the System Center 2012 R2 Datasheet (PDF, 442 KB).

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