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Microsoft Licence Program Select Plus Academic (EDU) - Windows Server Datacenter

Microsoft Licence Program Select Plus Academic (EDU) - Windows Server Datacenter

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Built from the Cloud up
The latest version of the Windows Server operating system offers businesses and hosting providers a scalable, dynamic, and multitenant-aware infrastructure that is optimized for the cloud.

Please follow these rules for licensing Windows Server:

Rule No.1: Each physical processor is valued with at least eight cores.

Rule No.2: Each physical server is valued with at least 16 cores.

Rule No.3: All physical and active cores must be licensed considering rules No.1 and No.2 so a Standard Server owns two VM-rights and a Datacenter Server unlimited VM-rights.

Rule No.4: To receive two more VM-rights for the Standard Edition all physical active cores must be licensed again.

A server with 4 CPUs with each 4 cores requires a license for 32 cores.

Here you may find the licensing factsheet (German PDF).

To run Windows Server versions 1809, 1903, 1909, 2004, 20H2 an active Software Assurance is required.

The specification Core refers to the license model and the existing processor cores. The installation can be done with or without GUI.


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Windows Server 2019

Because Windows Server 2019 is a Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release, it includes the Desktop Experience. (It's not included in Windows Server, version 1709, Windows Server, version 1803, or Windows Server, version 1809, because Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) releases don't include the Desktop Experience by design; they are strictly Server Core and Nano Server container image releases.) As with Windows Server 2016, during setup of the operating system you can choose between Server Core installations or Server with Desktop Experience installations.

System Insights is a new feature available in Windows Server 2019 that brings local predictive analytics capabilities natively to Windows Server. These predictive capabilities, each backed by a machine-learning model, locally analyze Windows Server system data, such as performance counters and events, providing insight into the functioning of your servers and helping you reduce the operational expenses associated with reactively managing issues in your Windows Server deployments.

Hybrid Cloud

The Server Core App Compatibility feature on demand (FOD) significantly improves the app compatibility of the Windows Server Core installation option by including a subset of binaries and components from Windows Server with the Desktop Experience, without adding the Windows Server Desktop Experience graphical environment itself. This is done to increase the functionality and compatibility of Server Core while keeping it as lean as possible.

This optional feature on demand is available on a separate ISO and can be added to Windows Server Core installations and images only, using DISM.


Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)

ATP's deep platform sensors and response actions expose memory and kernel level attacks and respond by suppressing malicious files and terminating malicious processes.

Windows Defender ATP Exploit Guard is a new set of host-intrusion prevention capabilities. The four components of Windows Defender Exploit Guard are designed to lock down the device against a wide variety of attack vectors and block behaviors commonly used in malware attacks, while enabling you to balance security risk and productivity requirements.


Storage Migration Service is a new technology that makes it easier to migrate servers to a newer version of Windows Server. It provides a graphical tool that inventories data on servers, transfers the data and configuration to newer servers, and then optionally moves the identities of the old servers to the new servers so that apps and users don't have to change anything.



Microsoft Windows Server 2016

The cloud offers IT organizations opportunities to flourish under a new model that delivers faster time to value and innovation. Many organizations, however, face strict compliance or business requirements. For organizations that need it all-security, efficiency, and innovation-Windows Server 2016 delivers it. Windows Server 2016 is the cloud-ready operating system that supports your current workloads while introducing new technologies that make it easy to transition to cloud computing when you are ready.

What's New with Windows Server 2016:

Added layers of security
Enhance security and reduce risk with multiple layers of built-in protection.

New deployment options
Increase availability and reduce resource usage with the lightweight Nano Server.

Built-in containers
Develop and manage with agility thanks to Windows Server and Hyper-V containers.

Cost-efficient storage
Build highly available, scalable software-defined storage and reduce costs.

Innovative networking
Software-defined networking to automate with cloud-like efficiency.


Security at the OS level

Windows Server 2016 includes built-in breach resistance to help thwart attacks on your systems and meet compliance goals. Even if someone finds a way into your environment, the layers of security built into Windows Server 2016 limit the damage they can cause and help detect suspicious activity.

Protect your virtual machines.
Use the unique Shielded Virtual Machines feature to encrypt your VMs with BitLocker and help ensure they can run only on hosts approved by the Host Guardian Service.

Help secure admin credentials.
Protect admin credentials from Passthe- Hash attacks using Credential Guard and Remote Credential Guard, and control administrator privileges with Just-In-Time Administration and Just Enough Administration, which together help minimize the time and capability granted for specific privileges.

Protect the operating system.
Resist breaches with built-in Control Flow Guard, which helps prevent memory corruption attacks, and Windows Defender, optimized for server roles. Help ensure only trusted software can be run on the server with Device Guard.

Improve ability to detect attacks.
Use advanced auditing capabilities to help detect malicious behavior.

Isolate applications.
Help protect container-based applications with Hyper-V containers, which do not share the host kernel with other containers. Use the distributed firewall, a software-defined networking capability, to control internal and external network traffic to VMs.

Evolve your infrastructure

Datacenter operations are struggling to reduce costs while handling more data traffic. New applications stretch the operational fabric and create infrastructure backlogs that can slow business. As organizations push the boundaries of highly virtualized environments, they can use Windows Server 2016 capabilities to meet operational and security challenges, freeing up IT resources to plan a strategy that uses the cloud for future applications and solutions.

Trust your workloads to an enterprise-class hypervisor.
You can be confident your workloads will perform on Hyper-V, which Microsoft uses to run hyperscale datacenters around the globe. When needed, you also can easily migrate a Hyper-V workload from on-premises to a Windows Server VM in Azure.

Reduce datacenter footprint.
Increase availability and reduce resource usage with "just enough OS" using the Nano Server installation option, with an image that is 25x smaller than Windows Server 2016.

Upgrade efficiently.
Upgrade infrastructure clusters to Windows Server 2016 with zero downtime for your Hyper-V or Scale-out file server workloads, and without requiring new hardware, using Mixed OS Mode cluster upgrades.

Stay open.
Deploy applications on multiple operating systems with best-in-class support for Linux on Hyper-V.

Automate server management.
Use PowerShell 5.1 and Desired State Configuration to automate routine operations.

Manage remotely.
Control Windows servers from anywhere using Server management tools, a new Azure-based GUI-especially useful for managing headless installation options such as Nano Server.

Affordable high-performance storage

Storage systems are critical to the performance of most business applications. But traditional, expensive, manually configured storage systems can prevent organizations from realizing the efficiency benefits of a software-defined datacenter. In contrast, the Azure-inspired, software-defined storage capabilities in Windows Server 2016 use policies and automation to reduce costs and add scale.

Reduce cost.
Build highly available, scalable software-defined storage solutions at a fraction of the price of SAN or NAS. With Storage Spaces Direct, you can use industry-standard servers with local storage, including high speed solid-state drives.

Create affordable business continuity.
Prepare for the worst using Storage Replica synchronous storage replication for disaster recovery among datacenters.

Prioritize storage resources.
Ensure critical applications receive priority access to storage resources using storage Quality of Service (QoS) policies.



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