Windows Server 2012 R2 Licensing

  1. Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard. With Windows Server 2012 R2 you can scale to run your most important workloads with robust recovery options. You’ll achieve value quickly with a wide range of cost-effective, high-performance storage options and simplified delivery of multi-tenant IT services. You can build, deploy, operate, and monitor applications on premises and in the cloud.
  2. (A similar policy also exists for Windows Server 2008 R2.) If you purchase a Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition license, you can legally run an unlimited number of virtual machines on that host server. Incidentally, the same basic licensing policy also applies if the Windows Server 2012 VMs are running on top of VMware ESX/ESXi.
  3. It means windows server 2012r2 don't need CAL license if users connect to it and access files if they are the users/client of the domain. As well if I have 2 windows servers 2012R2 standard edition and file sharing between them and accessing each other using remote desktop also don't need CAL or what?

Windows Server Licensing for Virtual Environments Windows Server Editions. In most cases, when considering the Windows Server licensing model, it is advisable to consider. Per-Socket Licensing in Windows Server 2012 R2. One license of Windows Server 2012 R2 allows you to run the OS on one. Does anyone know if we can upgrade our servers running Server 2012 Std to Server 2012 Std R2 with our existing license or we need to buy a separate key for it? SOLVED Windows server 2012 to server 2012 R2 licensing - MS Licensing - Spiceworks.

You have to keep the numbers of physical processore in mind when licensing Windows Server 2012.

Standard Edition

  • This License is for two processors
  • You can use it for two virtual machines
  • Beside this same functionality as Datacenter Edition

Datacenter Edition

You can use Datacenter Edtion for a unlimited number of virtual machines.


Windows Server 2012 R2 Licensing On Vmware

Keyboard software problems for mac os. CALs are still neccessary. Device or User CAL as in former versions are available.

  • Choose Device CAL if several users are working on one device
  • Choose User CAL if one user acesses a server with several devices

Windows 2012 R2 License

You can’t use CALs from former versions of Windows Server 2012.

Further reading

Windows Server 2012 Licensing

  • For more information and licensing scenarios in a virtual environment, read this e-book
  • Guidelines on building a host with windows server (including samples)