windows server and CALs

Hi Experts,

I have a question about new servers and cals.

When I buy new win2012 ent server, do I have a limit with cores or do I have to pay for cores ?
What about the cals ? Do I have to buy new cals ?
Can I buy std cals or do I need ent cals ?
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Your questions are answered on the product page, and considering the nature of your questions, I *strongly* encourage you to read the product page. The FAQs. The licensing page. Should take all of about 15 minutes.

But in brief:

First, there is no "ent"erprise server in 2012. There is Foundation, Essentials, Standard, and Datacenter. There are also no enterprise CALs. There hasn't been enterprise CALs for any recent windows server product. Some features require specialty CALs, like RDS or RMS, but those are additive, not replacement CALs, and this model remains unchanged in 2012.

Windows Server 2012 is licensed per processor, not per core. Since it is per processor, there are server configurations that will require multiple 2012 licenses to properly cover the number of processors in the server.

You need 2012 CALs if you add a 2012 server. Same licensing as before. Per user or per device. But older version CALs will NOT cover access to newer version servers. So yes, CAL purchases are required.

Similar to above, there are also no enterprise CALs. There hasn't been enterprise CALs for any recent windows server version products. Some features require specialty CALs, like RDS or RMS, but those are additive, not replacement CALs, and this model remains unchanged in 2012.

-Cliff
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Thanks Cliff,

which server version is now similar to the old 2008 Enterprise Server ?
because for virtualization I knew, with 1 ENT license I can use 4 STD server.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Because of the change to per processor licensing, there is no direct correlation from old products to new. But as before, you can stack licenses to run more VMs.

Really. Truly. Go read the product pages. For example, this question is answered here, which I found in my first bing search attempt.

http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/4/B/04BD0EB1-42FE-488B-919F-3981EF9B2101/WS2012_Licensing-Pricing_Datasheet.pdf
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Eprs_AdminSystem ArchitectAuthor Commented:
thanks.
First I always ask here.
Sometimes I get more ideas.
And you get points :-)
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