SCCM and SCOM license and pricing calculations

Hi Folks,

Can anyone here please clarify how does the Microsoft System Center license is calculated?

I'm only interested to use the SCCM and SCOM components for managing my workstations and servers infrastructure as follows:

350 workstations (Laptop and PC)
275 VMware Virtual Machines
35 Physical servers (ranging from HP Rack and Blades) in Data Center
95 Physical servers (mini tower) spread across Australia office location.

SCCM 2012 R2 will be used to perform Windows Update, remote Assistance and application delivery.

SCOM 2012 R2 will be used to monitor Tier-1 application servers like SQL, Exchange, SharePoint and other generic metrics like CPU, memory and Disk space usage for all servers VM or Physical.

Thanks in advance.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Licensing advice given here is not legally binding. You have a large enough environment that you really would be best served to call MS presales.

But roughly you buy SC as a package. You don't/can't buy just individual components. You spend a dollar amount based on the number of servers being managed and the number of processors in those servers. And a separate price for client management licenses for the number of client/desktop machines that SC will be managing.

There are also CAL suites that bundle together multiple MS technologies which can add up to savings. A lot of moving parts and your environment as given is lacking too much detail to even guess right now.

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Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Yeah, that's what I thought so.

In this case I just need to know how much does that cost roughly before even writing a business case to be approved by the management, because the budget is quite limited to spend on the IT infrastructure for this financial year.

You spend a dollar amount based on the number of servers being managed and the number of processors in those servers.

Do you mean the underlying Physical CPU for running the VMs ? the hypervisor or the logical vCPU that is running on the VMs ?
Cliff GaliherCommented:
Physical CPU count. And deciding between standard and datacenter is about VM density. Just like windows server licensing now.
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Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Cool, so in this case it is the number of Physical CPU sockets in total for the entire server fleets.

I'll look the options offered by the Software Assurance or CORE CAL license that is available to me.
Cliff GaliherCommented:
Not in total. Per server. You can't take two single server machines and buy licensing the same as if it were a single two-CPU machine. Hence the reason your I itial rundown was not nearly detailed enough and why, at the volume you are talking about, a call to Microsoft presales is extremely wise.
Senior IT System EngineerSenior Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
yeah, that's what I thought so. I cannot find any pricing or licensing calculator for this SC suite.

I guess as always, Microsoft software licensing is a Black Art that only few selects can understand.

Cheers !
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