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Microsoft private cloud solutions are built on Windows Server and System Center technology, dramatically changing the way your organization produces and consumes IT services.

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Windows Server 2012 Editions Overview
Edition Ideal For... High Level Feature Comparison Licensing Model Pricing Open NL (US$)

Highly virtualized private & hybrid cloud environments

Full Windows Server functionality with unlimited virtual instances

Processor + CAL 1

$4,809 2

Standard Low density or non-virtualized environments Full Windows Server functionality with two virtual instances Processor + CAL 1 $882 2
Essentials Small business environments Simpler interface, pre-configured connectivity to cloud based services; no virtualization rights Server (25 User Account Limit) $425 2
Foundation Economical general purpose server General purpose server functionality with no virtualization rights Server (15 User Account Limit) OEM Only

1 CALs are required for every user or device accessing a server. See the Product Use Rights for details.
2 Pricing represents Open No Level (NL) ERP. For your specific pricing, contact your Microsoft reseller.

Server ML Edition Comparison: Components Included
# of physical processors per license



  • Operations Manager
  • Configuration Manager
  • Data Protection Manager
  • Service Manager
  • Virtual Machine Manager
  • Endpoint Protection*
  • Orchestrator
  • App Controller*
*New Component Introduced with System Center 2012

# of Managed Operating System Environments (OSEs) per license
Includes all System Center server management components    
Right to run management server software and supporting SQL Server Runtime (SQL Server Standard Edition)    
Manage any type of supported workload    
Open No Level (NL) License and Software Assurance (L&SA) 2-year price
System Requirements for Microsoft Windows Server 2012

Minimum of one 1.4 GHz x64 processor

Maximum of two physical sockets


Minimum: 2 GB

Recommended: 4 GB

Maximum: 64 GB

Hard Disk Space

Minimum One 160 GB disk drive

System Center 2012 Edition Overview: On Premise Server ML Requirement Examples

Non-Virtualized Servers

Licenses Required
System Center 2012 Standard System Center 2012 Datacenter Rationale
One 1-processor server, non-virtualized



  • A one-processor server requires at least 1 Server ML.

Two 1-processor servers, non-virtualized or 2
  • A one-processor server requires at least 1 Server ML.
  • A single Server ML may not be used to license 2 one-processor servers.
One 4-processor server, non-virtualized or 2
  • Each Server ML covers up to 2 physical processors => 2 licenses required
Indicates the most economical edition for each example

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Microsoft Enterprise - Enroll Enrollments for the Enterprise Agreement
The Enterprise Enrollment is appropriate for your organization if you have more than 250 PCs, devices and/or users and want to license software and cloud services for your organization for a minimum, three-year period.

Microsoft Private Cloud Economics Tool Microsoft Private Cloud Economics Tool
By using this calculator, you will see how the licensing and pricing models differ between Microsoft and VMware and, in particular, how they will impact the Return On Investment you are making today and long into the future.

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Information and announcements from Program Managers, Product Managers, Developers and Testers in the Microsoft Virtualization team.

Microsoft Volume Licensing Programs

Microsoft Volume Licensing

To learn more about Microsoft Volume Software Licensing, please contact your account manager or click here to submit a request for more information.

Open License Highlights

The Microsoft Open programs are a convenient and simple way for small and midsize organizations with five or more desktop computers to acquire the latest Microsoft technology.

With a customizable platform and volume discounts for minimal up-front purchases, Open programs provide value and flexibility in a convenient Microsoft Volume Licensing program.

Select License Highlights

Microsoft Select License is a Volume Licensing program for midsize and large organizations that have 250 or more desktop PCs. The program provides a flexible and cost-effective way to buy the latest Microsoft technology.

Select License is a transactional program for organizations that have mixed software requirements. It is based on a forecast licensing model in which usage is measured against the forecast.

Enterprise Agreement Highlights

The Enterprise Agreement offers large organizations substantial cost savings over standard license pricing as well as simplified license and budget tracking through a single agreement.

With the Enterprise Agreement, you can easily standardize on the latest Microsoft technology across your enterprise.

Open License Program Guide
Open Value Program Guide
Select License Program Guide
Select Plus Program Guide
Enterprise Agreement Data Sheet
Enterprise Agreement Program Guide

Software Assurance

Microsoft Software Assurance is a comprehensive maintenance offering that helps you get the most out of your software investment. It combines the latest software with phone support available 24 hours a day, partner services, training, and IT tools that help customers deploy, manage, and migrate software. With Software Assurance, you can increase worker productivity, accelerate organizational performance, and quickly realize a return on your software investment. You can choose Software Assurance at the time of purchase and begin using your benefits immediately for the term of your license agreement. If you purchased through an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), you can add Software Assurance within 90 days.

PDFClick here for information on Microsoft Software Assurance Interactive Benefits guide.

Compare the features offered
by each of the programs below:
Available Microsoft Licensing Programs
Open License Open Value Open Value
Select License Select Plus Enterprise
Minimum purchase requirements
License Offerings Available
License & Software Assurance              
Software Assurance              
Based on Product Pools              
Based on Number of Desktop PCs              
Based on License & Software Assurance              
Agreement Term
No Expiration              
1-2 Years              
3 Years              
Payment Options
How to Buy
Product Fulfillment
Aquired Separately              
Software Assurance
Option to Add