System Center 2012 Licensing RRS feed

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  • We are looking into MS System Center 2012 and confused about the licensing structure for this product.   We currently have 50 Physical servers with one CPU installed on each and would like to use SCOM to monitor these servers.    How do I License these servers?  There is an Agent/Client only license?  Microsoft Faqs don't seem helpful.

    Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:11 AM

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  • You would purchase a System Center 2012 Standard Server Management License, which covers 2 procs and 2 VMs and includes eight System Center management products, including the one you want: 

    App Controller
    Operations Manager
    Service Manager
    Virtual Machine Manager
    Data Protection Manager
    Endpoint Protection
    Configuration Manager

    The actual management SCOM server is free. Since you'll be spending about $1,536 for each of the SC 2012 Standard Management licenses, that should be good news. You're looking at about $77,000.

    Or you might want to look at a competitor who doesn't make you buy eight products and then adds 75% for "maintenance" and upgrades, in order to get the one feature you want.

    BTW, a year ago this would have cost $157-$430 for a management license for each of your servers, and $578 for the SCOM server, or somewhere between $8,500 and $22,000 depending on what level of server management you were looking for.

    Paul DeGroot Principal Consultant Pica Communications "Solving the Microsoft Licensing Puzzle"

    Friday, April 12, 2013 5:09 AM