How to buy Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server licensing makes choosing the right edition of Windows Server easier. Choose from four editions of Windows Server, based on the size of your organization and your requirements for virtualization and cloud computing. Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter with unlimited virtualization rights provides the benefits of cloud-level scale with predictable, lower costs. Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard offers the same enterprise-class features without unlimited virtualization rights. Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is an ideal cloud-connected first server.

Pricing and licensing overview

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DatacenterHighly virtualized private and hybrid cloud environmentsFull Windows Server functionality with unlimited virtual instancesProcessor + CAL*$6,155**
StandardLow density or non-virtualized environmentsFull Windows Server functionality with two virtual instancesProcessor + CAL*$882**
Essentials Small business environments for servers with up to two processorsSimpler interface, pre-configured connectivity to cloud-based services; one virtual instance of EssentialsServer (25 User Limit)$501**
FoundationEconomical general purpose server with a single processorGeneral purpose Server functionality with no virtualization rights Server (15 User Limit)OEM only
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Highly virtualized private and hybrid cloud environments
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Full Windows Server functionality with unlimited virtual instances
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Processor + CAL*
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$6,155**
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Low density or non-virtualized environments
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Full Windows Server functionality with two virtual instances
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Processor + CAL*
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$882**
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Small business environments for servers with up to two processors
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Server (25 User Limit)
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$501**
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*CALs are required for every user or device accessing a server. See the Product Use Rights for details.

**Pricing represents Open No Level (NL) ERP. For your specific pricing, contact your Microsoft reseller.

You can purchase Windows Server licenses through multiple channels, providing you with optimum flexibility. Learn more about the channels below and determine the option that best meets your needs.