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Windows 2012 has now been released and with its arrival comes new versions and new licensing rules

Windows Server 2008 is no longer available; Windows  Server 2012 has now been released and with its arrival comes new versions and new licensing rules. The current enterprise, Web Server, Small Business Server (SBS) and High Performance Computing (HPC) editions will all cease, to be replaced with a more simplified and standardised product line up [to match other infrastructure products] divided into ‘four flavours’:

  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter edition for highly virtualized private cloud environments (which includes unlimited virtual instances)
    • Datacenter licence prices have doubled, but they do now provide for two processors instead of the one, so the overall pricing remains the same
    • Unusually for Microsoft, Datacenter requires both a processor license and Client Access Licenses (CALs) for every user or device accessing a server. ...continue reading