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.

Windows Server 2019 Edition

Ideal for

Licensing model

CAL requirements[1]

Pricing Open NL ERP (USD)[3]

Datacenter[2]

Highly virtualized datacenters and cloud environments

Core-based

Windows Server CAL

$6,155

Standard[2]

Physical or minimally virtualized environments

Core-based

Windows Server CAL

$972

Essentials

Small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices

Specialty servers (server license)

No CAL required

$501

[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 key
  • Feature available
  • Feature not available
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Feature

Standard edition

Datacenter edition

Core Windows Server functionality

Included in Windows Server Standard

Hybrid integration

Included in Windows Server Standard

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

OSEs*/Hyper-V containers

2[1]

Unlimited

Windows Server containers

Unlimited

Unlimited

Host Guardian Service

Included in Windows Server Standard

Storage Replica[2]

Included in Windows Server Standard

Shielded virtual Machines (VMs)

Software-defined networking

Software-defined storage

[1] Windows Server Standard Edition license includes permission for two OSEs or VMs.

[2] Windows Server Standard Edition license limited to single Storage Replica volume up to 2TB.


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