Pricing and licensing for Windows Server 2016

Choose from three primary editions of Windows Server based on the size of your organisation, as well as virtualisation and datacentre requirements.

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Pricing and licensing overview

To give you a more consistent licensing experience across multi-cloud environments, we’re transitioning from processor-based licensing to core-based licensing with Windows Server 2016 Datacenter and Standard editions. For specific pricing, contact your Microsoft reseller.

Windows Server 2016 edition Ideal forLicensing modelCAL requirements*Pricing Open NL ERP (US$)***

Datacenter**

Highly virtualised and software-defined datacentre environmentsCore-basedWindows Server CAL$6,155

Standard**

Low density or non-virtualised environmentsCore-basedWindows Server CAL$882

Essentials

Small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devicesSpecialty servers (server license)No CAL required$501
Windows Server 2016 edition

Datacenter**

Ideal for
Highly virtualised and software-defined datacentre environments
Licensing model
Core-based
CAL requirements*
Windows Server CAL
Pricing Open NL ERP (US$)***
$6,155
Windows Server 2016 edition

Standard**

Ideal for
Low density or non-virtualised environments
Licensing model
Core-based
CAL requirements*
Windows Server CAL
Pricing Open NL ERP (US$)***
$882
Windows Server 2016 edition

Essentials

Ideal for
Small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices
Licensing model
Specialty servers (server license)
CAL requirements*
No CAL required
Pricing Open NL ERP (US$)***
$501
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*CALs are required for every user or device accessing a server. See the Product Use Rights for details.

**Datacenter and Standard edition pricing is for 16 core licenses.

***Pricing is shown in USD and may vary from country to country. Please contact your Microsoft representative for a quote.

Windows Server 2016 feature differentiation

Feature support keyFeature not available Feature not available    Feature available Feature available   
Compare Windows Server 2016 feature support by Windows Server SKU.
FeatureDatacenterStandard

Core functionality of Windows Server

 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition Included in Windows Server Standard edition

OSEs / Windows Server containers with Hyper-V isolation

Unlimited2

Windows Server containers without Hyper-V isolation

UnlimitedUnlimited

Host Guardian Service

 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition Included in Windows Server Standard edition

Storage features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica

 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition Feature unavailable in Windows Server 2016 Standard

Shielded Virtual Machines

 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition Feature unavailable in Windows Server 2016 Standard

Networking stack

 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition Feature unavailable in Windows Server 2016 Standard
Feature

Core functionality of Windows Server

Datacenter
 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Standard
 Included in Windows Server Standard edition
Feature

OSEs / Windows Server containers with Hyper-V isolation

Datacenter
Unlimited
Standard
2
Feature

Windows Server containers without Hyper-V isolation

Datacenter
Unlimited
Standard
Unlimited
Feature

Host Guardian Service

Datacenter
 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Standard
 Included in Windows Server Standard edition
Feature
Datacenter
Standard
Feature

Storage features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica

Datacenter
 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Standard
 Feature unavailable in Windows Server 2016 Standard
Feature

Shielded Virtual Machines

Datacenter
 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Standard
 Feature unavailable in Windows Server 2016 Standard
Feature

Networking stack

Datacenter
 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Standard
 Feature unavailable in Windows Server 2016 Standard
Feature
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Standard
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