Windows Server Core 2016 License RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I want to ask about license Windows Server Core 2016.

    We Know, start in 2016 Windows Server 2012 have been changed to Windows Server Core 2016.

    But why "windows Server core" still needs CAL for access the server?

    (Such SQL server core = no need CAL).

    Please help to explain :)

    Thanks & Regards,

    Wan Wan

    Friday, January 20, 2017 10:24 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Windows Server and SQL Server have two different license Model.

    for 2012 Version, it was also different:

    wind serv with CPUs + CALs.

    SQL serv: serv + CALs OR Cores licenses without CALs.

    now with the 2016 Version, wind serv Change to cores + CALs without Price changes to compare with CPUs + CALs.

    we cannot compare two different Software products about licensing model.



    Friday, January 20, 2017 10:47 AM
  • Remember that a licensing is a legal agreement between you and Microsoft. This is a technical forum - not a legal forum. Any answer posted here is an opinion of an anonymous technical person. You should talk to a trained Microsoft licensing specialist to receive the proper answers to your legal questions. Your lawyers and auditors will appreciate that.

    You can also find out a lot about how Microsoft licenses different products (not all products, such as SQL and Windows Server, are licensed under the same model) by reading documentation Microsoft has provided on their web site -

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    Saturday, January 21, 2017 1:12 PM
  • Hi,

    I suggest you contact Microsoft Licensing specialists to get more efficient support:

    Microsoft Volume Licensing Activation Centers worldwide telephone numbers

    Best Regards,


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    Thursday, January 26, 2017 9:41 AM