Windows Server 2019 Licensing: Frequently Asked Questions
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Windows Server 2019 Licensing: Frequently Asked Questions

With the release of Windows Server 2019, your
customers are going to have questions about which version is best for them. Today, I will answer six of the most frequently
asked Windows Server 2019 questions Hi, I’m Jennifer Colangelo, with HPE. Today, I’m going to answer some frequently
asked questions about Windows Server 2019. What licensing model does Windows Server 2019
follow? .Windows Server 2019 Standard and
Windows Server 2019 Datacenter follow core- based licensing, with a minimum of 8 cores
per processor and 16 cores per server. Windows Server 2019 Essentials utilizes a
processor based licensing model that also does not require Client Access Licenses (or CALs) but more on that later. Do the minimum licensing requirements apply
to all servers? Yes – for servers running Windows Server
2019 Standard or Datacenter subject to the core licensing model, Minimums apply to all servers, regardless of number of processors or cores. Do all cores on the server have to be licensed,
even if they are disabled? Well, it all depends… All physical cores available to the operating
system must be licensed. Disabled cores not available to the operating
system do not have to be licensed, however, the minimum licensing requirement of 8 cores
per CPU and 16 cores per system still applies. Are Client Access Licenses (CALs) required for access to Windows Server 2019 Standard and Datacenter? .Yes. Each user or device must have a Client Access
License (CAL). In addition, Remote Desktop Service (RDS) CALs may also be required to access advanced functionality. What are the virtualization rights for Windows
Server 2019 Standard and Datacenter? Windows Server 2019 Standard has rights to 2 VMs or virtual machines (also called Operating System Environments, or OSEs for short) or Hyper-V Containers,
and unlimited Windows Server containers. Windows Server 2019 Datacenter has rights
to unlimited OSEs and containers. What is HPE Windows Server 2019 Reseller Option
Kit (ROK)? ROK is Windows Server licensing from HPE that
reseller partners can pair with new HPE ProLiant Gen10 Servers to provide their customers with
a complete server solution. When talking to your customers about Windows
Server 2019 licensing, remember the benefits of selling HPE ProLiant Gen10 Servers with
a Windows Server ROK license from HPE. It’s the same Windows Server licensing available
from Microsoft, but it has been customized and optimized specifically for HPE Servers. In addition, it is often the most affordable
licensing option for customers and comes with 90 days of free installation support from
HPE. Learn more about Windows Server 2019 licensing
for HPE ProLiant Gen10 Servers.


  • Kristein Salmath

    Please a question. If i bought a WS19 Standard Core based licensing and i have 25 users using SMB from my HP Server… i have to buy 25 cal ?

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