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Licensing questions regarding Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard RRS feed

  • Question

  • How do I go about finding a quote or a price for say 15 Windows Server 2008 R2 servers with 100 users?

    I assume that CAL is needed per user so I would guess I need 100 CALS or can I buy 15 copies of Windows Server 2008 R2 which come with 5 or 10 CALS or is there a simpler way.

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 4:19 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    I would recommend you purchase the required licenses through a Microsoft Volume Licensing program.  For example, if it makes sense for your case you might purchase 15 Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard licenses, 100 Windows Server User CALs, 100 RDS User CALs (if you plan on using RDS), and optionally Software Assurance (SA) on all of it.  After your order is fulfilled you would gain access to the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) which would have your Server 2008 R2 product keys (for downgrade purposes), .iso files, etc.

    I recommend you contact a Microsoft volume licensing specialist at a major Microsoft reseller and discuss your needs.  They can help determine the correct program as well as assist you with what licenses are appropriate for you.  The hardware you use and how you plan on deploying the servers may affect the licenses you should buy.  For example, if you were going to install all 15 servers on a single 2-socket physical server, then purchasing Server 2012 R2 Datacenter license (instead of 15 Standard licenses) would make more sense since it includes unlimited virtualization rights on single machine.

    The following page is good starting point to find out more about volume licensing, the different programs available, get quick quote with SKUs, etc:

    Volume Licensing

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/

    Additionally it is important to download and read the latest Product Use Rights (PUR) document so that you are familiar with licensing terms and conditions.  The PUR is critical to understanding precisely what licenses you need.

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/products/products.aspx

    -TP

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 7:08 PM
  • Hello,

    I confirm TP's answer that volume licensing contract is the best way for your Scenario. you purchase in open license 15 X Windows Server Standard 2012 R2 than you downgrade in VLSC to 2008 R2 + 100 Windows Server CALs + 100 RDS CALs if you are planing to work with terminal Server application Gateway. all in one open cotract for two years as a perpetual licenses.

    thanks

    diramoh

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 3:22 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    I would recommend you purchase the required licenses through a Microsoft Volume Licensing program.  For example, if it makes sense for your case you might purchase 15 Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard licenses, 100 Windows Server User CALs, 100 RDS User CALs (if you plan on using RDS), and optionally Software Assurance (SA) on all of it.  After your order is fulfilled you would gain access to the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) which would have your Server 2008 R2 product keys (for downgrade purposes), .iso files, etc.

    I recommend you contact a Microsoft volume licensing specialist at a major Microsoft reseller and discuss your needs.  They can help determine the correct program as well as assist you with what licenses are appropriate for you.  The hardware you use and how you plan on deploying the servers may affect the licenses you should buy.  For example, if you were going to install all 15 servers on a single 2-socket physical server, then purchasing Server 2012 R2 Datacenter license (instead of 15 Standard licenses) would make more sense since it includes unlimited virtualization rights on single machine.

    The following page is good starting point to find out more about volume licensing, the different programs available, get quick quote with SKUs, etc:

    Volume Licensing

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/

    Additionally it is important to download and read the latest Product Use Rights (PUR) document so that you are familiar with licensing terms and conditions.  The PUR is critical to understanding precisely what licenses you need.

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/products/products.aspx

    -TP

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 7:08 PM
  • Hello,

    I confirm TP's answer that volume licensing contract is the best way for your Scenario. you purchase in open license 15 X Windows Server Standard 2012 R2 than you downgrade in VLSC to 2008 R2 + 100 Windows Server CALs + 100 RDS CALs if you are planing to work with terminal Server application Gateway. all in one open cotract for two years as a perpetual licenses.

    thanks

    diramoh

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 3:22 PM