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Windows Server 2012 R2 provides enterprise-class data center and hybrid cloud solutions that are simple to deploy, cost-effective, application-focused, and user-centric.

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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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