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Windows Server 2008 R2 Licensing Overview

Microsoft will introduce new licensing options with the release of Windows Server 2008 R2 to address customer business needs and to complement the technical capabilities of Microsoft server products. This is part of a broad effort to make software licensing more consistent, predictable, and flexible for our customers.

Highlights for Windows Server 2008 R2 Licensing

Licensing of Windows Server 2008 R2 remains generally consistent with Windows Server 2008, with a few highlights:

License Terms – 2008 R2 Product Line Updates

Products

Change

Explanation

Windows Server 2008 CAL for R2

No WS 2008 R2 CALs were created and are not required to access a server running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, WS 2008 CALs can be used to access either Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 servers.

Want to further enable use of virtual instance with running instance in the physical OS. 

Windows Server 2008 without Hyper–V editions

Removal of all without Hyper-V editions.

Simplification of product line, price list, and product ordering for customers and partners.

CAL Requirement when using Windows Server 2008 to host virtual machines (VMs)

When Windows Server 2008 is only running the Hyper-V role, the requirement to upgrade to WS 2008 CALs is not initiated. The CAL upgrade requirement will be initiated if any additional server roles are running on the server.

This change puts Windows Server 2008 on a level playing field with the Hyper-V server and other Hypervisors that are able to manage virtual machines without requiring a customer to upgrade to WS 2008 CALs.

Remote Desktop Services (RDS)

The latest version of the Terminal Services (TS) CAL is being renamed to Remote Desktop Services CAL. With the new and updated Remote Desktop Services and features of Windows Server 2008 R2, new WS 2008 R2 RDS CALs and WS 2008 R2 RDS External Connector License are created. Both WS 2008 TS CALs and the new WS 2008 R2 RDS CALs can be used to access Windows Server 2008 R2.

Terminal Services is adding features to provide a centralized desktop delivery architecture that enables desktop environments to run and be managed on virtual machines within one centralized server. To reflect these broader capabilities, the Terminal Services role will be renamed to “Remote Desktop Services” (RDS).

Foundation

New original equipment manufacturer (OEM) only product targeting small businesses with less than 15 users and that purchase low priced servers with 1 processor (1P).

The low cost 1P hardware market is growing rapidly for our OEM partners were not able to sell our traditional WS products to this segment of customers.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) License Suites

Two new two suites combine the necessary Microsoft products for an optimum VDI user experience in a value package.

In order for customers to optimize their VDI experience and environment, we have created two new license suites in volume licensing—the Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Standard Suite and the Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Premium Suite.

Virtual Use Rights

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard – A customer licensed with Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard may run one instance of the server software in the physical operating system environment (POSE) and one instance of the server software in a virtual operating system environment (VOSE).  If the customer is running the instance in the VOSE then the instance running in the POSE can only be used to manage the instance of the OS running in the VOSE. 

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise – A customer licensed with Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise may run one instance of the server software in the physical operating system environment (POSE) and up to four instances of the server software in the virtual operating system environment (VOSE).  If the customer is running 4 instances in the VOSE then the instance running in the POSE can only be used to manage the 4 instances of the OS running in the VOSE.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 for Datacenter – A customer licensed with Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter may run one instance of the server software in the physical operating system environment (POSE) and an unlimited number of instances of the server software in the virtual operating system environment (VOSE). 

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems – A customer licensed with Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems may run one instance of the server software in the physical operating system environment (POSE) and an unlimited number of instances of the server software in the virtual operating system environment (VOSE). 

  • Windows Web Server 2008 R2 – Windows Web Server 2008 R2 is licensed to a server in the physical operating system environment (POSE).  You can also run as a guest in the virtual operating system environment (VOSE).

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation – Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation is licensed to a server in the physical operating system environment (POSE).

Pricing

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Pricing

    Find Windows Server 2008 R2 pricing information for the operating system, client access licenses, and external connector licenses.

Purchasing

Microsoft Software Assurance Program

Software Assurance (SA) enables customers to get the most out of their software investment by combining the latest software with phone support, partner services, training, and IT tools that help customers deploy, manage, and migrate software. Windows Server 2008 R2 is available through the SA program.

We recommend that you purchase Software Assurance for your servers and CALs in order to use the latest Windows Server release, and to take advantage of the many additional benefits of the Microsoft Software Assurance program.

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