HPE Windows Server Core Licensing Calculator: Demo
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HPE Windows Server Core Licensing Calculator: Demo


Hello. Welcome to the Coffee Coaching
video series. Today, we’re going to walk through the HPE Windows Server 2016 Core Licensing Calculator, a useful, and easy to use, tool that can help you retain economic control for IT licensing for your business. Core-Based Licensing was introduced
with Windows Server 2016 to better enable cloud environments,
improve workload portability for Windows Server, and help remove friction across
different licensing models. With this new licensing model, licenses are based on the total number of cores on the physical server. Since costs are dependent on the number
of cores the processors have, it’s best to make sure you know
just how many licenses you need, and pay only for what you will use. HPE OEM Windows Server 2016 Standard edition and Datacenter edition
Base Licenses both cover 16 cores. There are also Additional Licenses available
from HPE that cover 16, 4, and 2 cores. The HPE licensing calculator helps you figure out licensing needs without trial and error or surplus spending. Let’s start at the top of the screen.
Here, we see two radial buttons, one for Datacenter, which selects the HPE OEM Microsoft Windows 2016 Datacenter edition, and another radial button for standard, which selects the HPE OEM Microsoft Windows
Server 2016 Standard edition. Which option we choose depends mainly on how
many virtual machines we need to run on the server. The Standard edition allows
up to two Virtual Machines or VMs when all physical cores in the server are licensed. For every two additional VMs, all physical cores on the server must be licensed again, then additional licenses will need to be purchased. The Datacenter edition allows for an
unlimited number of Virtual Machines when all physical cores in the server are licensed. Let’s run through some examples. Let’s say I have a server with two processors,
with a total of 10 cores per processor. I might start off by selecting Windows 2016
Standard edition. Then, I input the number of processors and
total cores per processor here. When I scroll down, I see that it says I need to start with one Base License for 16 cores. Here, we see how many additional cores I need to license based on the total number of cores, four additional cores in this example. Here, it tells me how many more Additional
Licenses are required for compliance It tells me I need to purchase
one more 4 core Additional License. Remember, Windows Server 2016 Standard edition allows up to two VMs when all physical cores in the server are licensed. But, what if I wanted to run
more Virtual Machines? Here, under “Additional VMs Desired”
I can type in the number needed. Let’s say I wanted to run a total of 4 Virtual Machines. Since 2 Virtual Machines are included,
I would need to input 2 additional VMs. Below, we can now see that the
“Additional Cores Required” specifies that we need to license
20 additional cores, and that can be covered by purchasing
one 16 core Additional License SKU, plus one 4 core Additional License SKU. If you need to run more than 12 Virtual Machines,
then it might be a better option to purchase the Windows Server 2016 Datacenter
edition which allows for unlimited VMs. This is especially helpful if you have plans to grow the number of VMs later on down the road. Now, let’s look at another example. For this one, I’m going to select the
Datacenter option at the top of the screen. Now, let’s say I have a total of 4 processors,
each of those processors has a total number of 8 cores. We can now see that we need to purchase enough licenses for a total of 32 cores. Since we start with a Base License that covers 16,
we will need to license 16 additional cores. As we scroll down,
we can see that the calculator tells us that we would need to purchase
one 16 core Additional License. As you can see, the HPE Windows Server 2016 Core Licensing Calculator is a simple tool that takes the guess work out of licensing purchases. Once you’ve determined the HPE server
that best suits your needs, the processor model, and the total cores per processor, the licensing calculator provides total
core licenses required to properly license your solution
and be fully compliant. The tool also includes links to help you get in contact with an HPE sales expert or local resellers who can help you with your purchase.

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