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  • This is all well and good but I can't find any details on Nano Server licensing. I imagine it's a "part" of Server 2016 but then what? Do we buy licenses in a CAL'esque fashion? Are they included anyway?

    Sunday, October 25, 2015 2:42 AM

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  • Microsoft tends to relay specific information about licensing until closer to a product's release date.  I think you are a bit early in Microsoft's cycle to obtain specific information.

    My guess ... Microsoft has been using CALs from day one.  I doubt that will change.  After all, you are still having a client access the resources of a Windows Server service, which is what defines the need for a CAL.  CALs are included in only a few special packages, so my guess here is that Nano is not targeting the type of installation where Microsoft generally packages CALs.  And remember that OS license and CAL are two separate purposes.  There is likely to be a Windows Server Nano license cost and then the CAL cost we are all familiar with.

    And with anything licensing, your best source of information is not a technical forum but a trained Microsoft licensing specialist.  The above is conjecture on my part.  When Microsoft gets ready to release specifics, they will train their licensing specialists on the details.


    . : | : . : | : . tim


    Tuesday, November 10, 2015 3:25 PM

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  • Microsoft tends to relay specific information about licensing until closer to a product's release date.  I think you are a bit early in Microsoft's cycle to obtain specific information.

    My guess ... Microsoft has been using CALs from day one.  I doubt that will change.  After all, you are still having a client access the resources of a Windows Server service, which is what defines the need for a CAL.  CALs are included in only a few special packages, so my guess here is that Nano is not targeting the type of installation where Microsoft generally packages CALs.  And remember that OS license and CAL are two separate purposes.  There is likely to be a Windows Server Nano license cost and then the CAL cost we are all familiar with.

    And with anything licensing, your best source of information is not a technical forum but a trained Microsoft licensing specialist.  The above is conjecture on my part.  When Microsoft gets ready to release specifics, they will train their licensing specialists on the details.


    . : | : . : | : . tim


    Tuesday, November 10, 2015 3:25 PM
  • Hi,

    Nano Server is a deployment option within Windows Server 2016. It is included as part of the licensing of the edition from which it is deployed. There is no unique or separate licensing for Nano Server.

    Windows Server Standard and Datacenter editions will continue to require Windows Server CALs for every user or device accessing a Server Features includes Nano Server.

    thanks

    diramoh

    Monday, May 2, 2016 1:49 PM