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

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

Product Information

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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Update Channel:

Update Channel for Windows Server

Description Long-Term Servicing Channel (Windows Server 2019) Semi-Annual Channel (Windows Server)
Recommended scenarios General purpose file servers, Microsoft and non-Microsoft workloads, traditional apps, infrastructure roles, software-defined Datacenter, and hyper-converged infrastructure Containerized applications, container hosts, and application scenarios benefiting from faster innovation
New releases Every 2–3 years Every 6 months
Support 5 years of mainstream support, plus 5 years of extended support 18 months
Editions All available Windows Server editions Standard and Datacenter editions
Who can use All customers through all channels Software Assurance and cloud customers only
Installation options Server Core and Server with Desktop Experience Server Core for container host and image and Nano Server container image



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