Essentials Price Increase? RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • Correct me if I am wrong, but I recall a price of $425 being quoted for Essentials?

    This page now suggests it is $501 (with the caveat **Pricing represents Open No Level (NL) ERP. For your specific pricing, contact your Microsoft reseller.) whatever that means:


    The datasheet linked to from this page still has $425 with the same caveat!

    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.

    • Edited by Phil Harrison Friday, September 7, 2012 1:32 PM
    • Changed type kariya21 Saturday, September 8, 2012 3:21 PM not a technical question
    Friday, September 7, 2012 1:31 PM

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  • Pricing represents Open No Level (NL) ERP'  whatever that means:

    Open is the most basic (least discounted) license program.

    No Level refers to discount level (no discount)

    ERP = Estimated Retail Price

    In Microsoft speak, Open NL = MSRP (Manufacturer's suggested retail price)

    Saturday, September 8, 2012 4:19 AM
  • I think the source of the confusion is that it seems to be two different things that is called Essentials. This is what I got from a distributor explaining the situation:

    The Windows Server Essentials 2012 (The new version of SBS Essentials) will not be available for several months. Microsoft has not yet released it to everyone. As of today there is not an official release date. The $425 you are seeing on the attached is for the Windows Server Essentials 2012 which is not the same as the Standard/Essentials offered in Embedded.

    I think the confusion is over what’s being offered. On the Embedded side Microsoft as of today is only going to be allowing Windows Server 2012 Standard to be offered through the Embedded channel.

    With Standard you can get 3 different versions of Standard:

    Standard/Standard = Full Windows Server 2012 Standard, 6FA-00068-1PK / Win Svr Emb Std 2012 x64 EMB ESD OEI 2 CPU Std

    Standard/Essentials = Stripped down version of Windows Server 2012 Standard, 6FA-00084-1PK / Win Svr Emb Std 2012 x64 EMB ESD OEI 2 CPU Essntls

    Standard/Teleco = Windows Server 2012 Standard for Telco certified devices, 6FA-00085-1PK / Win Svr Emb Std 2012 x64 EMB ESD OEI 2 CPU Telco

    So it seems like the real Windows Server 2012 Essentials with $425 Retail price is not released yet...


    Monday, September 10, 2012 4:42 PM
  • No, I'm seeing what he's seeing

    With a suggested retail price of $509 and supporting up to 25 clients and 50 attached client devices


    All of a sudden I'm seeing things that say the price tag is $500.


    Estimated retail volume licensing open no level price



    **Pricing represents Open No Level (NL) ERP. For your specific pricing,
    contact your Microsoft reseller.

    Essentials is listed at $501

    Friday, September 14, 2012 12:00 AM
  • Do CALs need to be purchased for Essentials (I've just had a quote and it includes 5 x Server 2012 CALs).

    Just need to confirm, Essentials includes "CALs" for up to (and including) 25 users.

    Cheers,  Duncan.

    Thursday, April 7, 2016 9:02 PM
  • the quote you got sounds like server standard perhaps.  Not real sure if it even comes with 5 anymore.

    Anything with Essentials in the SKU has 25 CAL's


    Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:54 PM