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Licensing brief: Introduction to Per Core licensing and basic definitions

Applies to all Commercial Licensing programs


The purpose of this brief is to provide definitions of key terms related to server licensing and introduce the basics of the different Per Core licensing models for key Microsoft products and software.

What’s new in this brief

This brief replaces a previous version published in May 2016. It has been updated to reflect new core licensing information for SQL Server, BizTalk Server, Windows Server, and System Center.

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