Pricing and licensing for Windows Server 2019

Choose from three primary editions of Windows Server based on the size of your organization, as well as virtualization and datacenter requirements.

Pricing and licensing overview

To give you a more consistent licensing experience across multi-cloud environments, we transitioned from processor-based licensing to core-based licensing for Windows Server 2019 Datacenter and Standard editions. For specific pricing, contact your Microsoft reseller.

Pricing and licensing support by Windows Server SKU.
Windows Server 2019 edition Ideal forLicensing modelCAL requirements[1]Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Datacenter[2]Highly virtualized datacenters and cloud environmentsCore-basedWindows Server CAL$6,155
Standard[2]Physical or minimally virtualized environmentsCore-basedWindows Server CAL$972
EssentialsSmall businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devicesSpecialty servers (server license)No CAL required$501
Pricing and licensing support by Windows Server SKU.
Windows Server 2019 edition
Datacenter[2]
Ideal for
Highly virtualized datacenters and cloud environments
Licensing model
Core-based
CAL requirements[1]
Windows Server CAL
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
$6,155
Windows Server 2019 edition
Standard[2]
Ideal for
Physical or minimally virtualized environments
Licensing model
Core-based
CAL requirements[1]
Windows Server CAL
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
$972
Windows Server 2019 edition
Essentials
Ideal for
Small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices
Licensing model
Specialty servers (server license)
CAL requirements[1]
No CAL required
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
$501
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
Licensing model
CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
Licensing model
CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
Licensing model
CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
Licensing model
CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
Licensing model
CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
Licensing model
CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
Licensing model
CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
Licensing model
CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
Licensing model
CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
Licensing model
CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
Licensing model
CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
Licensing model
CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
Licensing model
CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
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CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
Licensing model
CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
Licensing model
CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
Licensing model
CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
Licensing model
CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
Licensing model
CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
Licensing model
CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
Windows Server 2019 edition
Ideal for
Licensing model
CAL requirements[1]
Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]
  • [1]CALs are required for every user or device accessing a server. See the Product Use Rights for details.

  • [2]Datacenter and Standard edition pricing is for 16 core licenses.

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

Windows Server 2019 feature differentiation

Feature support keyFeature available Feature available    Feature not available Feature not available   
Compare Windows Server 2016 feature support by Windows Server SKU.
FeatureStandard editionDatacenter edition
Core Windows Server functionality Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition Included in Windows Server Standard edition
Hybrid integration Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Feature unavailable in Windows Server 2016 Standard Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
OSEs*/Hyper-V containers2[*]Unlimited
Windows Server containersUnlimitedUnlimited
Host Guardian Service  Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Storage Replica Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition[**] Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Shielded virtual machines (VMs) Feature unavailable in Windows Server 2016 Standard Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Software-defined networking Feature unavailable in Windows Server 2016 Standard Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Software-defined storage Feature unavailable in Windows Server 2016 Standard Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Compare Windows Server 2016 feature support by Windows Server SKU.
Feature
Core Windows Server functionality
Standard edition
 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Datacenter edition
 Included in Windows Server Standard edition
Feature
Hybrid integration
Standard edition
 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Datacenter edition
 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Feature
Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
Standard edition
 Feature unavailable in Windows Server 2016 Standard
Datacenter edition
 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Feature
OSEs*/Hyper-V containers
Standard edition
2[*]
Datacenter edition
Unlimited
Feature
Standard edition
Datacenter edition
Feature
Windows Server containers
Standard edition
Unlimited
Datacenter edition
Unlimited
Feature
Host Guardian Service
Standard edition
 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Datacenter edition
 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Feature
Storage Replica
Standard edition
 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition[**]
Datacenter edition
 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Feature
Shielded virtual machines (VMs)
Standard edition
 Feature unavailable in Windows Server 2016 Standard
Datacenter edition
 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Feature
Software-defined networking
Standard edition
 Feature unavailable in Windows Server 2016 Standard
Datacenter edition
 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Feature
Software-defined storage
Standard edition
 Feature unavailable in Windows Server 2016 Standard
Datacenter edition
 Included in Windows Server Datacenter edition
Feature
Standard edition
Datacenter edition
Feature
Standard edition
Datacenter edition
Feature
Standard edition
Datacenter edition
Feature
Standard edition
Datacenter edition
Feature
Standard edition
Datacenter edition
Feature
Standard edition
Datacenter edition
Feature
Standard edition
Datacenter edition
Feature
Standard edition
Datacenter edition
Feature
Standard edition
Datacenter edition
Feature
Standard edition
Datacenter edition
  • [*]Windows Server Standard Edition license includes permission for two OSEs or VMs

  • [**]Limited to single volume up to 2TB.

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