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Windows 2008 - 2012 In place uplift - Licensing required? RRS feed

  • Question

  • If we proceed with an in-place uplift, already on a Windows 2008 box, in-place uplift to 2012, is a full 2012 license still required to be purchased?
    Friday, October 2, 2015 8:37 AM

Answers

  • As Burak indicated, you would be purchasing a Windows Server 2012 R2 license, as that is what Microsoft is selling now.  That gives you downgrade rights to install 2012, but unless you have a very specific reason for needing 2012, it is highly recommended that you install 2012 R2 instead.

    And, don't forget about the CALs.  2008 CALs are not valid for accessing a 2012 R2 server.  So any machine or user accessing the services provided by the 2012 R2 server needs to have a 2012 R2 CAL.  These can be purchased as either per device or per user, whichever costs less in your environment.  If you have fewer machines than people, device CAL is cheaper.  If you have fewer people than devices, user CAL is cheaper.


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    • Proposed as answer by Alex Lv Friday, October 9, 2015 9:32 AM
    • Marked as answer by Alex Lv Saturday, October 10, 2015 2:57 AM
    Friday, October 2, 2015 4:19 PM
  • Hi

     Yes,you should have purchased server 2012 r2 licence.Also if your have Software assurance you need to check rights from there,you could check on Microsoft licensing Service Center (VLSC) with your registered ms account.

    https://www.microsoft.com/Licensing/servicecenter/default.aspx


    This posting is provided AS IS with no warranties or guarantees,and confers no rights. Best regards Burak Uğur

    • Proposed as answer by Alex Lv Friday, October 9, 2015 9:32 AM
    • Marked as answer by Alex Lv Saturday, October 10, 2015 2:57 AM
    Friday, October 2, 2015 8:51 AM

All replies

  • Hi

     Yes,you should have purchased server 2012 r2 licence.Also if your have Software assurance you need to check rights from there,you could check on Microsoft licensing Service Center (VLSC) with your registered ms account.

    https://www.microsoft.com/Licensing/servicecenter/default.aspx


    This posting is provided AS IS with no warranties or guarantees,and confers no rights. Best regards Burak Uğur

    • Proposed as answer by Alex Lv Friday, October 9, 2015 9:32 AM
    • Marked as answer by Alex Lv Saturday, October 10, 2015 2:57 AM
    Friday, October 2, 2015 8:51 AM
  • As Burak indicated, you would be purchasing a Windows Server 2012 R2 license, as that is what Microsoft is selling now.  That gives you downgrade rights to install 2012, but unless you have a very specific reason for needing 2012, it is highly recommended that you install 2012 R2 instead.

    And, don't forget about the CALs.  2008 CALs are not valid for accessing a 2012 R2 server.  So any machine or user accessing the services provided by the 2012 R2 server needs to have a 2012 R2 CAL.  These can be purchased as either per device or per user, whichever costs less in your environment.  If you have fewer machines than people, device CAL is cheaper.  If you have fewer people than devices, user CAL is cheaper.


    . : | : . : | : . tim

    • Proposed as answer by Alex Lv Friday, October 9, 2015 9:32 AM
    • Marked as answer by Alex Lv Saturday, October 10, 2015 2:57 AM
    Friday, October 2, 2015 4:19 PM