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Entrenamiento de licenciamiento por volumen de venta de Windows Server 2016 y System Center 2016
Volume Licensing Readiness: Windows Server 2016 System Center 2016
Partner Training AEP’s / LSP’s
The big picture
Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016
Offers, benefits, and summary of changes
Data center evolution to support business needs
Worldwide use of public cloud services will reach $141 billion by 2019*
Virtualization and standardization
Evolution of the data center
*IDC Worldwide semiannual public cloud services spending guide, January 2016
Windows Server business model transformation
Customers run workloads on-premises and in the cloud
Licensing model is processor-based when on-premises and core-based in the cloud
This dual currency creates complexity for our customers
A new approach is needed to enable consistency across environments
Align to a common currency of cores
Offer consistent approach across environments
Enable multi-cloud scenarios
Improve workload portability for Windows Server though benefits such as Azure Hybrid Use Benefit (HUB)
Remove friction from different licensing models
Windows Server 2016 System Center 2016
Windows Server 2016
The cloud-ready server operating system (OS) that delivers new layers of security and Azure-inspired innovation for applications and infrastructure
Security at the OS level
Built-in security capabilities
Secure the virtualization platform
Cloud-ready Application Platform
Software-defined Datacenter (SDDC)
Lightweight Nano Server option
Bring licenses to Azure
Built-in SDDC capabilities
Affordable and enterprise ready
Windows Server 2016 editions
For highly virtualized data center and cloud environments
For physical or minimally virtualized environments
For small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices. Essentials is a good option for customers using the Foundation edition, which is not available for Windows Server 2016.
No CAL required
Windows MultiPoint Server 2016 Premium*
Enables multiple users to access one computer; available only for Academic licensing.
WS CAL+RDS CAL
Windows Storage Server 2016
For dedicated OEM storage solutions. Available in Standard and Workgroup editions through the OEM channel.
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016
Free hypervisor download.
*Corporate customers can use the Windows MultiPoint Premium Server role that will be available in Standard and Datacenter editions. Windows Server CALs and RDS CALs are required for Multipoint Server.
Windows Server 2016: feature differentiation across main editions
Core Windows Server functionality
Windows Server containers
Host Guardian Service
Storage features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica
Shielded Virtual Machines
Standard and Datacenter Editions
Delivers enhancements to core Windows Server functionality
Makes modern app development features accessible
Needs Software Assurance to deploy and operate Nano Server (Current Branch for Business) in production
Continues to enable high density virtualization
Adds advanced software-defined datacenter capabilities, new networking stack and Shielded Virtual Machines
*OSE refers to a server Operating System Environment. Windows Server Standard Edition license permits two OSEs or VMs when all physical cores are licensed
**Software Assurance is required to deploy and operate Nano Server in production
Windows Server 2016 offerings by VL program*
Microsoft Products and Services Agreement
Open Value and Subscription
Enterprise Agreement and Subscription
Open Value Subscription - Education Solutions
Enrollment for Education Solutions (under CASA)
No changes with 2016
Windows Server 2016 Essentials
Windows Server 2016 Datacenter (2 pack Core License)
Windows Server 2016 Standard (2 pack Core License)
Windows Server 2016 CAL
Windows Server 2016 External Connector
Windows Server 2016 Active Directory Rights Management Services CAL
Windows Server 2016 Active Directory Rights Management Services External Connector
Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services CAL
Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services External Connector
*For detailed information on program availability, please consult the Product Terms
Windows Server 2016 Servicing
There are two servicing models available to Windows Server Volume Licensing customers: Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) and Current Branch for Business (CBB).
Only Nano Server deployments are CBB
For Nano Server installations, the servicing will be more frequent in nature. This option will be available only to Software Assurance customers.
This installation option is only available via the Volume Licensing channel due to the requirement for Software Assurance.
Windows Server is LTSB by default
All Windows Server deployments, with the exception of Nano Server, will be serviced by the traditional model of 5 years of mainstream support following General Availability plus 5 years of extended support.
Cumulative updates will contain security and quality fixes, but no new features or functionality.
System Center 2016 capabilities overview
System Center 2016 brings cloud learnings to the data center, enabling seamless management of complex environments. Stay in control of IT resources across the data center and the cloud.
Enterprise-class, multi-tenant infrastructure for hybrid environments
Comprehensive monitoring of physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructure
Application-owner agility while IT retains control
Backup and recovery for private clouds, physical machines, clients, and server applications
IT service management
Flexible service delivery
System Center 2016 editions and features
Data Protection Manager
Virtual Machine Manager
Standard and Datacenter Editions
Deliver enhancements in server management from 2012 R2
Unified management across customer, service provider, and Azure data centers
Support provisioning and monitoring of new Windows Server 2016 capabilities (e.g. Nano Server, Shielded Virtual Machines)
Continues to support management of highly virtualized servers
*OSE refers to a server operation system environment under management by System Center
System Center 2016 offerings by VL program*
Microsoft Products and Services Agreement
Enterprise Agreement and Subscription
System Center 2016 Datacenter Server Management License (2 pack Core License)
System Center 2016 Standard Server Management License (2 pack Core License)
System Center 2016 Client Management Suite per OSE (Client ML)
System Center 2016 Client Management Suite per User (Client ML)
System Center Configuration Manager 1606 Client Management License per OSE
System Center Configuration Manager 1606 Client Management License per User
System Center Configuration Manager 1606 Client Management License (Client ML) (Student Only)
System Center Endpoint Protection 1606 (Device and User SL)
*For detailed information on program availability, please consult the product terms
Core Infrastructure Server Suite (CIS Suite)
What is CIS? The CIS Suite includes the latest versions of Windows Server and System Center and is a very popular way for customers to license Windows Server and System Center together at a discount. The CIS Suites are offered in two editions – CIS Suite Standard and CIS Suite Datacenter.
(Windows Server +
The CIS Suite SKU contains the latest versions of Windows Server and System Center
Update: moving from CIS Suite with 2012 R2 editions to CIS Suite with 2016 editions
Update: licensed per core
No change: price for 16 core licenses of CIS Suite 2016 is the same as the two processor license of 2012 R2
No change: still available in Open License, Select Plus, MPSA, Open Value and Open Value Subscription, Enterprise Agreement and EAS, OVS-ES and EES
Windows Server 2016 licensing basics
Standard and Datacenter editions
from processor to core
Servers are licensed based on the number of processor cores in the physical server.
To license a physical server, all physical cores must be covered.
A minimum of 16 core licenses is required for each server.
A minimum of eight core licenses is required for each physical processor.
The price for 16 core licenses of Windows Server 2016 is the same as the two processor license of Windows Server 2012 R2.
Existing customers’ servers under SA will be granted additional cores as needed, with documentation.
License physical cores
License each user or device
(Transitions from processor to core)
Users or devices
(No change in CALs)
System Center 2016 licensing basics
from Processor to Core
The server management licensing of System Center 2016 will move to be based on physical cores.
Core-based licensing will align with the Windows Server 2016 model to provide a consistent licensing metric for managed VMs.
Client Management Licenses (CMLs) are required for managed devices that run non-server OSEs.
Configuration Manager and Client Management Suite are sold as CML (OSE and User).
Endpoint Protection sold as SL (Device and User)
Server management licenses
(No change in CMLs)
Core licensing: overview
Application of licensing requirement
Volume Licensing (VL): The number of licenses required equals the number of physical cores on the licensed server subject to a minimum of eight licenses per physical processor and a minimum of 16 licenses per server.
Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA): The number of licenses required equals the number of physical cores on the licensed server subject to a minimum of eight licenses per physical processor.
Core licenses: sold in 2-pack Core License
Minimum for VL: eight 2-pack Core License per server
Minimum for SPLA: four 2-pack Core License per processor
VL and SPLA: Additional 2-pack Core License required, as necessary, for processors with more than eight cores per processor
Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter
Physical cores per physical processor
Total physical cores
2-pack core licenses
2-pack Core Licenses
VL server must be licensed with a minimum of 16 licenses.
SPLA server must be licensed with a minimum of eight cores per processor.
Core grants: rules and application
General grant rules
Customers with Software Assurance will receive core grants at the time of expiration.
Additional core grants will be provided for processors with greater than 8 cores per processor.
Additional core grants require documentation of server environment (using Software Inventory Logging or third-party inventory tools).
Application of core grants for VL
Standard core grant (full core licenses): each two-processor license equals 16 core licenses.
Additional core grant (additional core licenses): For processors with more than eight cores/proc.
Each processor license with SA is granted 16 core licenses at expiration of current term.
Each processor license is eligible to be granted Additional Core Licenses for all physical cores on the licensed server in excess of sixteen total.
Total grant provides customer sufficient licenses to continue running the same number of VMs under 2016 core licensing as they are under 2012 R2 processor licensing.
With 2012 R2 Standard, a 4-proc server requires two licenses and has rights to 4 VMs. With 2016 Standard, licensing all cores on the server gives rights to 2 VMs. Therefore, the Standard grant covers all cores on the server for each license.
Windows Server 2016 Standard
Required proc. licenses*
Full core licenses
Additional core licenses
*2012 R2 Standard processor-based licensing: One license covers two processors, and gives rights to run 2 VMs.
Core pricing: overview
Requirement: The number of licenses required equals the number of physical cores on the licensed server subject to a minimum of eight licenses per physical processor and a minimum of 16 licenses per server.
No price change: The price for 16 core licenses of 2016 Standard (or Datacenter) is the same as the current price for one 2-processor license of 2012 R2 Standard (or Datacenter)
Price change: Cost of two additional cores per processor increases the price of licensing the server by 25%, given the required minimum of eight licenses per processor and the minimum of 16 licenses per server.
Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition
L&SA price of 2012 R2
L&SA price of 2016
Percent price change
SA prices: Level A, enterprise 6 ERP prices for United States, corporate, direct to end-user in 2016-06 in USD (annualized)
Enterprise Agreement customer path
At expiration, Renewing SA and Non-Renewing SA customers will be granted cores.
Uses WS and/or SC 2012 R2 (or earlier) with SA
Has next-version rights with SA
Uses WS and/or SC 2012 R2 (or earlier)
Uses WS and/or SC 2016
Adds WS and/or SC (version-less) licenses
Buys WS 2016 and/or SC 2016 licenses
Migrates to cores (WS and/or SC licenses with active SA)
Minimum core grant (1 proc-based L = 16 core-based L)
Additional core grant (documentation required for >8 cores/proc)
Non-renewing SA: Grants via Product Terms
Renewing SA: Grants via new SA SKU purchases
Core licensing – basic scenarios
Renewal: Windows Server 2016 General Availability with ≤8 cores per proc.
Renewal: Windows Server 2016 General Availability with >8 cores per proc.
True-ups: Windows Server 2016 General Availability
Core grants: customers with Software Assurance
Stacking with standard licenses
Scenario 1: renewals on ≤8 cores/processor
Scenario and application
Customer type: renewing Software Assurance before or after Windows Server 2016 General Availability
Standard license: customer has active SA on a two-processor server with eight cores per processor
Renewals that occurred before Windows Server 2016 General Availability remain on processor-based licensing for the life of the agreement.
Renewals after Windows Server 2016 General Availability transition to core-based licensing.
The price for 16 core licenses of Windows Server 2016 is the same as the two-processor license of Windows Server 2012 R2.
Before General Availability
After General Availability
Number of licenses
One 2-processor Standard license
Eight 2-core packs of Standard core licenses
Percent price change from Windows Server 2012 R2
Price: level A, Enterprise 6 ERP prices for United States, corporate, direct to end-user in 2016-06 in USD (annualized)
Scenario 2: renewals on >8 cores/processor
Standard license: customer has active SA on a two-processor server with 10 cores per processor
Renewals that occurred before Windows Server 2016 General Availability remain on processor-based licensing for the life of the agreement.
Core grants will be provided for servers with greater than eight cores per processor and 16 cores per server.
In this case, customer will receive additional core grants for four cores.
Customer pays for Software Assurance on incremental cores only. In this case, four cores.
One two-processor Standard license
Ten 2-core packs of Standard core licenses
Scenario 3: True-ups
Standard license: standard license on two-processor server with 10 cores per processor with customer renewal after General Availability of Windows Server 2016
Renewals and True-ups that occurred before Windows Server 2016 General Availability remain on processor-based licensing.
Renewals and True-ups after Windows Server 2016 General Availability transition to core-based licensing.
No core grants on true-ups.
True-up before renewal and General Availability
True-up after renewal and
Scenario 4: core grants for SA customers
Customer type: core grants are provided at the time of SA renewal, after Windows Server 2016 General Availability (GA)
Standard license: customer has active SA on a two-processor server with 10 cores per processor, renewing SA after GA
Core grants are provided* for servers with greater than 8 cores per processor and 16 cores per server
Customers with Software Assurance will receive core grants at the time of renewal after Windows Server 2016 GA
Customer pays extra for Software Assurance on incremental cores only
Percent price change from Windows Server 2012 R2**
Base core grant
Additional core grants
*Core grants provided with required documentation
Scenario 5: Stacking Standard
Customer type: customer wants to run 4 VMs on a 2-processor server with 10 cores per processor
Standard license: customer has active SA on a 2-processor server with 10 cores per processor, renewing SA after GA
Windows Server 2012 R2: entitlement to two VMs on a two-processor Windows Server 2012 R2 license. To add two more VMs, customer has to add one, two-processor Standard 2012 R2 license.
Windows Server 2016: entitlement to two VMs when the two-processor server with ten cores each is fully licensed. To add two more VMs, customer has to license all the cores in the server again. In this case, the customer is required to license 40 cores to receive entitlement to four VMs.
Number of VMs required
Number of licenses for additional two VMs
Two 2-proc Standard license
20 2-core packs of Standard core licenses
Offers, benefits and summary of licensing changes
New Windows Server 2016 Offer: 20% discount on Step-up to Datacenter
Timeline: Offer will be available from launch through June 30, 2017
20% discount on Step-up SKU: For customers with Standard SA
Offer eligible for existing customers with Standard Edition plus Software Assurance
Discounted Step-up SKU available in the price list
Incent customers to Step-up to Datacenter plus Software Assurance by offering a discount on the Step-up SKU
Current customers with Standard Edition plus Software Assurance
Available in the Enterprise Agreement and Open programs, including Government
Customer can step-up and receive the discounted Datacenter plus Software Assurance SKU at Year one or Year two only
Introducing the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit
Use Windows Server licenses in Azure datacenters when covered by Software Assurance.
In Azure, pay only for the base virtual machine service utilization.
Datacenter edition can be run in Azure and on-premises simultaneously.
Standard edition can be run either in Azure or on-premises
Significantly reduce costs compared to running Windows Server in other public clouds.
Software Assurance required.
16 core licenses of Windows Server Datacenter or Standard edition allows up to two Windows Server VMs on Azure at eight cores each.
Annual cost of one Windows Server virtual machine on Azure
Annual savings* of ~45% or $2,027
Annual WS SA cost ~$180
Annual cost of one base compute virtual machine on Azure
*Savings based on a D2 instance in US East 2 Region, annualized hourly pricing as of 7.29.16, and including the cost of Software Assurance. Prices subject to change.
Changes to licensing models
Server licensing in Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 moves from processor-based to core-based.
Customers with Software Assurance will receive core grants at the time of renewal
Summary of licensing changes
Feature differentiation between Standard and Datacenter Editions in Windows Server 2016
New features available in Datacenter Edition provide advanced software-defined datacenter capabilities, new networking stack and Shielded VMs.
Nano Server deployments will be under the Current Branch for Business (CBB) servicing model
Software Assurance customers who choose the Nano Server installation option will be serviced under CBB.
There is no change to the traditional Windows Server servicing model (LTSB).
Changes/Updates to Windows Server editions
Only Standard and Datacenter editions are moving to core-based licensing.
Windows Server Foundation and Windows Server Essential SKUs will be merged into a single SKU, Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Essentials. The 2016 Essentials Server licensing will continue to be server based.
There are no changes to Windows Storage Server from 2012 R2. It will continue to be server based and available in the OEM channel.
Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 licensing FAQ
Windows Server 2016 licensing datasheet
System Center 2016 licensing datasheet
Product and feature information
System Center 2016
Hyper-V and Windows Server containers
Microsoft software inventory tools
Software Inventory Logging (SIL)
New features overview Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2016 feature overview
Empower application innovation
Containers provide benefits of agility and productivity for app owners and flexibility and control for IT
Datacenter Edition provides rights for unlimited OSEs, Hyper-V containers, and Windows Server containers
Standard Edition provides rights for up to two OSEs or Hyper-V containers and unlimited Windows Server containers
Just enough OS
Optimized minimum-footprint OS for infrastructure and modern applications
Included with Datacenter Edition and Standard Edition*
Shielded virtual machine
Hardware-rooted security technologies that strictly isolate the VM from host administrators
Included with Datacenter Edition
Cloud-inspired hybrid infrastructure-powered by WS, Hyper-V, SC, and Azure
Cloud-optimized application platform, Azure-based Compute, Network, and Storage services
Datacenter Edition includes Azure-inspired features for advanced software-defined scenarios:
New storage features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica
New Shielded Virtual Machines and Host Guardian Service
New networking stack
*Software Assurance is required to deploy and operate Nano Server in production.
New deployment option: Nano Server
What is Nano Server?
Nano Server is a new minimal-footprint OS deployment option, which is a more efficient data center host and also the perfect lightweight OS for native cloud applications.
Nano Server is available to Windows Server 2016 customers with Software Assurance.
Nano Server is deployed under the Current Branch for Business (CBB) servicing model.
Traditional VM workloads
Features of Nano Server
“Just enough OS”
Optimized for modern applications
Higher density and performance
Reduced attack surface and servicing requirements
Next-gen distributed app frameworks
Interoperate with existing server applications
Containers and modern applications
Lower maintenance server environment
New feature: containers
What is a container?
A new approach to build, ship, deploy, and instantiate applications
Unlimited OSEs, Hyper-V containers, and Windows Server containers in Datacenter Edition
Up to 2 OSEs or Hyper-V containers and unlimited Windows Server containers in Standard Edition
Benefits of Containers
Further acceleration of app deployment
Reduce effort to deploy apps
Streamline development and testing
Lower costs associated with app deployment
Increase server consolidation
Windows Server Container
Bring the agility and density of containers to the Windows ecosystem, enabling agile application development and deployment
Offer a unique additional level of isolation for sensitive applications with no additional coding required
New feature: Shielded Virtual Machines (VMs)
What are Shielded VMs?
Shielded VMs help provide hosting service providers and private cloud operators the ability to offer their tenant administrators a hosted environment where protection of tenant virtual machine data is strengthened against threats from compromised storage, networks, host administrators, and malware.
Included with Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition.
Benefits of Shielded VMs
Protection against inspection, theft, and tampering from both malware and datacenter administrators
VM-State and Data are encrypted, Host Guardian Service authorizes shielded VM use or decryption
Decryption keys controlled by external system
Key release policy for trusted environment
Data Plane (DP) – unit of compute, network, or storage abstracted from hardware
Control Plane (CP) – higher level abstraction enabling software to centrally control the DP
Management Plane (MP) – helps provision and operate the CP, consumes its output, and powers infrastructure-aware app innovation
Provisioning and operations
Windows Server | Hyper-V | System Center
Windows MultiPoint Server
Windows MultiPoint Server 2016 Premium offerings by VL program* and migration
Windows MultiPoint Server 2016 Premium
Windows Server 2016 CAL
Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services CAL
Product changes with Windows MultiPoint Server 2016:
Windows MultiPoint Server Premium edition only (no Windows MultiPoint Server Standard)
Available to Academic customers only (no Corporate or Government)
SA migrations from Windows MultiPoint Server 2012:
Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 Standard and Premium migrate to Windows MultiPoint Server 2016 Premium
Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 CAL migrates to Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services CAL
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We’d like to begin by discussing how the data center is evolving, in order to provide some context to the changes coming in Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016.
Take a moment to absorb the quote shown: “worldwide use of public cloud services will reach $141 billion by 2019”. There’s a real willingness within the customer base to see this evolution happen and embrace it. That’s the main driver in what will follow.
When you look at Infrastructure in this graphic, note that historical increases in reliability and efficiencies have driven down costs. We’re starting to see the efficiency curve begin to plateau. Applications and Services in a cloud-first environment represent the next wave of opportunity: The ability to quickly develop applications and provide services in a cloud-first world. That next phase is driving everything coming out with the new release of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016. The four boxes on the right of the slide (modern app development, hybrid cloud, flexible infrastructure, virtualization and standardization) are key components of the business need associated with a cloud-first strategy. Each will improve efficiencies across applications and services, driving down development time (and cost). It’s with these needs in mind that Microsoft is launching Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016.
Windows Server 2016 brings cloud-inspired capabilities to the data center, giving customers the platform they need to drive competitive value. Advances in compute, networking, storage, and security give customers added flexibility to meet changing business requirements. Modern application platform features, such as Windows Server Containers, increase speed and agility. Make innovation easier with Windows Server 2016.
System Center 2016 brings cloud learnings to the data center, enabling seamless management of complex environments. With comprehensive monitoring, hardware and virtual machine provisioning, robust automation, and configuration management, System Center 2016 offers a simplified data center management experience. It allows customers to stay in control of their IT resources across the data center and the cloud.
Let’s review how the Windows Server business model looks today, and how it’s transforming to support the cloud-first environment of tomorrow.
Currently, customers run their workloads both on-premises and in the cloud. This creates two separate licensing models, with on-premises licensing being processor-based and cloud licensing being core-based. The dual currency of today’s licensing creates added complexity for customers.
To simplify customer experience and reduce complexity, both Windows Server and System Center are transitioning to core licensing in the Standard and Datacenter editions. This change creates consistency across environments and provides the following benefits:
Offer a consistent approach across both on-premises and cloud environments
Improve workload portability for Windows Server
Remove friction and complexity caused by different licensing models.
The change to core based licensing is one of the several steps Microsoft is taking to evolve our server licensing to support hybrid cloud. The move of Windows Server and System Center 2016 to core licensing aligns the servers to a common and consistent licensing denomination that is already a standard measure for capacity across environments:
With server licensing in the 2016 release becoming core based, Windows Server and System Center will align with Azure and SQL.
The change to physical cores aligns private and public cloud licensing to a consistent currency of cores that simplifies licensing of hybrid use cases.
Going forward, the alignment to cores provides one underlying capacity currency across environments, which should enable faster deployment, development and easier licensing for customers to understand.
This is a big step towards a mobile-first and cloud-first world.
Now that we’ve established the “why” behind this significant change, let’s go more in-depth on the changes, features and licensing components coming with the launch of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016.
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Windows Server 2016 is the most cloud-ready server Microsoft has ever built and includes technology that was inspired by experience in the public cloud. It has significant improvements in security, software defined infrastructure, and technologies to help developers build modern micro-service based applications - in the cloud or on-premises.
Security at the OS level- Deliver new layers of security to control privileged access, protect virtual machines and harden the platform against emerging threats – to help customers prevent attacks and detect suspicious activity more quickly.
Minimize attack surface and require fewer security patches/reboots by deploying “just enough” OS with the new Nano Server option.
Prevent risk associated with compromised administrative credentials using new privileged account management features to limit access to “just enough” and “just in time” administration.
Shielded Virtual Machines provide protection from malicious administrators and compromised hosts by using Bitlocker to encrypt your virtual machines.
Protect every Windows Server 2016 deployment, regardless of Cloud it’s running, with features such as Code Integrity, Defender, Control Flow Guard, etc.
Software-defined Datacenter: Evolve your datacenter to achieve cost-savings and flexibility with compute, storage and network virtualization technologies proven at scale in Microsoft Azure.
Nano Server, a new headless deployment option, offers a dramatically smaller footprint and fewer reboots and patches.
Deliver storage solutions with your choice of hyper-converged or converged storage architecture.
Create affordable business continuity and disaster recovery among datacenters with Storage Replica synchronous storage replication.
Make applications highly available and responsive with a built-in load balancer and other network technology that runs Azure.
Cloud-ready Application Platform: Innovate with a single application platform optimized for the applications of today, as well as the cloud-based apps of tomorrow. Move your applications to a cloud-ready operating system, so they are ready to move to the cloud when you are.
Windows Server Containers bring the agility and density of containers to the Windows ecosystem, enabling agile application development and deployment.
Use the lightweight Nano Server deployment option for the agility and flexibility that today’s application developers need. It’s the perfect option for running applications from containers or micro services.
Run Windows Server on-premises or in the public cloud. Save money by bringing the Windows Server licenses you own to Azure, and pay the lower base to compute rate with Azure Hybrid Use Benefit (SA required.)
Here is a look at the Windows Server 2016 editions, with emphasis on Datacenter and Standard. We’ve also highlighted the license type, license model and CAL requirements for each edition, where applicable. A couple things to take particular note of here:
As we’ve discussed (and will continue to discuss), Standard and Datacenter editions aremoving to a core based licensing model in Windows Server 2016.
Foundation Edition is being discontinued and merged with Essentials into a single SKU, Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Essentials.
Windows Server 2016 Essentials will continue to be licensed per server under the Specialty Server license model.
MultiPoint Server will have a single offering, Windows Server 2016 MultiPoint Premium Server.
MultiPoint Server 2016 Premium will continue to be licensed per server under the Server/CAL license model.
MultiPoint Server 2016 Premium with be licensed with both Windows Server 2016 CAL and Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services CAL.
MultiPoint Server 2016 Premium will be available through the Volume Licensing channel for Academic customers only.
Windows Storage Server 2016 will continue to be licensed per server and available in the OEM channel.
A notable change coming with Windows Server 2016 is feature differentiation across the main editions (Standard and Datacenter).
Datacenter Edition will continue to support customers’ virtualization optimization with unlimited virtualization rights both for containers and VMs. Datacenter Edition will also provide advanced software defined datacenter capabilities to make it ideal for highly virtualized or private cloud environments. Additional storage features, including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica, are available in Datacenter Edition. Additionally, Datacenter customers will be able to utilize Shielded Virtual Machines, a newly available set of hardware-rooted security technologies that strictly isolate the VM from host administrators and provide an enhanced security layer. Datacenter customers will also be able to access the networking stack.
The Standard Edition of Windows Server 2016 will continue to support low to non-virtualized scenarios and also the use of containers, building in additional cloud value. Customers with Standard Edition will be able to license up to 2 VMs or 2 Hyper-V containers when all of the physical cores on the server are licensed, while also offering unlimited rights for Windows Server containers.
As stated, both of these primary editions offer rights to container technologies for developers to leverage regardless of the edition they are running. Hyper-V is still included in both editions, and no pre-existing features were moved from one edition to another. Nano Server, a new minimal-footprint OS deployment option, is available in the Volume Licensing channel in both Standard and Datacenter editions for customers with Software Assurance.
Let’s give some background on the features while we’re here too:
Containers - For efficiency, many of the OS files, directories and running services are shared between containers and projected into each container’s namespace. Only when an application makes changes to its containers, for example by modifying an existing file or creating a new one, does the container get distinct copies from the underlying host OS – but only of those portions changed, using Docker’s “copy-on-write” optimization. This sharing is part of what makes deploying multiple containers on a single host extremely efficient.
Nano Server - “Just Enough OS”. Optimized minimum-footprint OS for infrastructure and modern applications. The nucleus of next-generation cloud infrastructure and applications. Higher density and performance for VMs and Containers
Host Guardian Services - Decryption keys controlled by external system <-> Key release policy for trusted environment. Hardware-rooted security technologies that strictly isolate the VM from host administrators. Protection against inspection, theft, and tampering from both malware and datacenter administrators.
Storage Spaces Direct - Microsoft recently announced a new feature called Storage Spaces Direct that enables to make a storage solution in High Availability with local storage of each node. It is a great improvement for Software-Defined Storage (SDS). It simplifies the deployment and management of software-defined storage systems and unlocks the use of new classes of disk devices that were previously not possible with clustered Storage Spaces with shared disks.
Storage Replica (SR) - SR is a new feature that enables storage-agnostic, block-level, synchronous replication between servers or clusters for disaster recovery, as well as stretching of a failover cluster between sites. Synchronous replication enables mirroring of data in physical sites with crash-consistent volumes to ensure zero data loss at the file-system level. Asynchronous replication allows site extension beyond metropolitan ranges with the possibility of data loss. Storage Replica offers new disaster recovery and preparedness capabilities in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview. For the first time, Windows Server offers the peace of mind of zero data loss, with the ability to synchronously protect data on different racks, floors, buildings, campuses, counties, and cities. After disaster strikes, all data will exist elsewhere without any possibility of loss. The same applies before a disaster strikes; Storage Replica offers the ability to switch workloads to safe locations prior to catastrophes when granted a few moments warning - again, with no data loss. Storage Replica allows more efficient use of multiple datacenters. By stretching clusters or replicating clusters, workloads can be run in multiple datacenters for quicker data access by local proximity users and applications, as well as better load distribution and use of computing resources. If a disaster takes one datacenter offline, you can move its typical workloads to the other site temporarily.
Shielded VMs - VM-State and Data are encrypted, Host Guardian Service authorizes shielded VM use or decryption. New "Encryption Supported" mode that offers more protections than for an ordinary virtual machine, but less than "Shielded" mode, disk and traffic encryption, and other features. Full support for converting existing non-shielded Generation 2 virtual machines to shielded virtual machines, including automated disk encryption.
Networking - First, customers can now both mirror and route traffic to new or existing virtual appliances. Together with a distributed firewall and Network security groups, this enables them to dynamically segment and secure workloads in a manner similar to Azure. Second, customers can deploy and manage the entire Software-defined networking (SDN) stack using System Center Virtual Machine Manager. Finally, they can use Docker to manage Windows Server container networking, and associate SDN policies not only with virtual machines but containers as well.
We’ve supplied a section on the key new features of Windows Server 2016 in the appendix (Nano Server, Containers, Shielded VMs, and Cloud-inspired Infrastructure), should anyone be interested in learning more about them.
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As you can see here, there are no changes to program availability with the release of Windows Server 2016. The 2016 offerings are available across all VL programs, with the lone exception being Essentials, which is only available in Open License, Open Value and Open Value Subscription, OVS-ES, and EES.
Some of the listed availability is conditional, so consult the Product Terms for detailed information on program availability.
There are two servicing models available to Windows Server customers: Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) and Current Branch for Business (CBB).
The servicing model will be determined based on the installation option the customer chooses. For Server with Desktop Experience (the GUI Windows Server installation option) as well as Server Core, customers will be serviced by the traditional model which they are familiar with, which we are now calling LTSB. That allows 5 years of mainstream support following General Availability, plus 5 years of extended support. For deployments using the new Nano Server installation option, customers will be using the Current Branch for Business (CBB) model, similar to Windows 10 CBB.
The default model for Windows Server 2016 will be the LTSB approach (5 + 5 years support) for deployments of Server with Desktop Experience as well as Server Core. With LTSB, cumulative updates will contain security and quality fixes but no new features or functionality. Customers can choose when and how they install cumulative updates. Each update release will be a cumulative update that includes all previous and current fixes. So by installing an update, the customer will also be installing any previous updates that were not yet installed.
Based on customer feedback on how they want to run their datacenters more efficiently, Microsoft has designed an installation option for Windows Server that installs only the minimum set of code for key datacenter workloads. In this deployment model, customers want to be able to continuously move forward and on-board new technologies as they become available.
With that in mind, for deployments using the new Nano Server installation option, customers will be using the Current Branch for Business (CBB) model. This installation option is only available via the Volume Licensing channel (no Retail/OEM) due to the requirement for Software Assurance. Software Assurance customers opt-in to CBB by installing Nano Server. Since a Nano Server CBB deployment continues to move forward with new technologies and ultimately new features and functionality, Software Assurance is required to ensure rights to these future enhancements of the operating system.
CBB releases are not automatically applied by Microsoft and the customer retains full control over when the CBB is installed. The CBB releases are, however, mandatory and will be required to be installed over time in order to keep receiving security patches.
CBB releases will require a reinstall of the operating system. However, given the core use cases for Nano Server at Windows Server 2016 GA (e.g. as the host for compute or storage clusters or the base kernel for Windows Server containers), updates should happen without disruption to the services they support.
Nano Server is available on the Windows Server 2016 media, available for download from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC), and can be installed from the Windows Server 2016 evaluation version. Future installations of Nano Server will be available for download from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).
Customers can transition from a CBB deployment of Windows Server 2016 Nano Server to a “long term” deployment of Windows Server 2016 (with Desktop Experience or Server Core, but this requires a reinstall of the operating system.
There will not be a Current Branch (CB) offering for Windows Server.
System Center 2016 will continue with the traditional service model of 5 years mainstream support following GA plus 5 years of extended support.
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Let’s now discuss System Center 2016.
System Center 2016 brings cloud learnings to the datacenter, enabling seamless management of complex environments. With comprehensive monitoring, hardware and virtual machine provisioning, robust automation, and configuration management, System Center 2016 offers a simplified data center management experience. It allows customers to stay in control of their IT resources across the data center and the cloud.
Here are the key System Center 2016 functions and capabilities:
Infrastructure provisioning – This is about enabling enterprises and service providers to provision an infrastructure that meets their key requirements such as workload scale/performance, heterogeneity, multi-tenancy, and chargeback. System Center can help provision custom or standardized infrastructure for on-premises, service provider, or Microsoft Azure environments.
Infrastructure monitoring – System Center provides a single toolset to monitor infrastructure resources—physical, virtual, or cloud computing models—across on-premises, service provider, and Microsoft Azure environments.
Automation and self-service – System Center will continue to give application owners the agility they need while enabling datacenter admins (in enterprises and service providers) with the tools they need to drive the needed cost-effectiveness and IT control.
Backup – System Center will support continuous data backup, protection and recovery for servers such as SQL Server, Exchange Server, SharePoint, virtual servers, file servers, and support for Windows desktops and laptops.
IT service management – System Center will continue to provide enterprise IT deliver services in a flexible manner by providing the necessary service management processes such as custom service request offerings, process/ knowledge integration, and chargeback.
After running down the capabilities of System Center 2016, let’s discuss the Standard and Datacenter editions. Unlike Windows Server 2016, the System Center 2016 editions will be differentiated by virtualization rights only, as it was with System Center 2012 R2.
As you can see, and just as with Windows Server 2016, Datacenter Edition will offer unlimited virtualization rights both for containers and VMs. Standard Edition will license up to 2 VMs or 2 Hyper-V containers when all of the physical cores on the server are licensed, while also offering unlimited rights for Windows Server containers.
System Center 2016 helps customers realize the Microsoft Cloud OS vision by delivering unified management across customer, service provider, and Windows Azure datacenters, leveraging the following features:
Configuration Manager: A family of Microsoft change and configuration management systems for Microsoft Windows based desktop and server systems.
Operations Manager: Microsoft server software that provides event management, proactive monitoring and alerting, reporting, and trend analysis services.
Data Protection Manager: A family of Microsoft server software that supports continuous disk-based backup and recovery on Windows Server-based networks.
Virtual Machine Manager: Microsoft server software for a virtualized data center that enables increased physical server usage, centralized management of virtual computer infrastructure and rapid provisioning of new virtual computers by the administrator and end users.
Service Manager: A Microsoft information technology service desk product that provides enhanced support for IT service management, with functionality such as a self-service portal, and incident, problem, asset, change management for end-to-end automation of IT processes and a platform to support integration across the System Center product family, unifying workflows and IT management processes.
Orchestrator: A component of Microsoft System Center that provides orchestration, integration, and automation of IT processes between Microsoft and non-Microsoft IT tools through the creation of runbooks.
Endpoint Protection: A core capability of System Center 2012, part of Client Management and Security.
Here is a look at System Center 2016’s offerings and program availability, though we will once again note that there are no changes to program availability with this release. One thing you may notice is the “1606” naming convention on the Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection offerings, which replace 2012 R2. “1606” denotes the year (2016 or ‘16) and month (06 or June) that they were added.
As with Windows Server 2016, some of the listed availability is conditional, so consult the Product Terms for detailed information on program availability.
Let’s take a moment for a refresh on Core Infrastructure Server Suite, or CIS Suite.
The CIS Suite SKU is a very popular way for customers to license Windows Server and System Center together at a discount. Now that Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 are generally available, CIS has undergone a few changes of its own that we’ve outlined here.
Version: The CIS Suites move from the 2012 R2 editions of Windows Server and System Center to the 2016 editions.
Licensing: CIS Suite licensing moves to the core-based model.
There is no change to pricing. The price for 16 core licenses of CIS Suite 2016 is the same as the two processor license price of CIS Suite 2012 R2.
There is no change in program availability for the CIS Suites, as they will still remain available in Open License, Select Plus, MPSA, Open Value and Open Value Subscription, Enterprise Agreement and EAS, OVS-ES and EES.
Now that we’ve discussed the features, editions, and availability of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016, let’s move to licensing.
As discussed, the server licensing for Windows Server and System Center becomes core based with the 2016 release.
The change to physical cores aligns private and public cloud licensing to a consistent currency of cores that simplifies licensing of hybrid use cases. Going forward, the alignment to cores provides one underlying capacity currency across environments. That was the primary motivation for this change.
Here are a few key elements to the change, and how server licensing in Windows Server 2016 will work:
A minimum of 8 core licenses is required for each physical processor.
From a pricing perspective, the price for 16 core licenses of Windows Server 2016 is the same as one 2-processor license of Windows Server 2012 R2.
There is no change in Windows Server CAL licensing with the 2016 release.
System Center’s Server Management Licensing is transitioning from processor-based to core-based, while Client Management Licenses (CMLs) will continue to be available on a per device or per user basis.
Server management licensing in System Center 2016 is also transitioning from the processor-based to core-based model, in order to align with Windows Server 2016 and provide a consistent licensing metric for managed VMs.
The licensing model for Standard and Datacenter will be the same as 2012 R2 with server and client management licenses, though server licensing will now be core based.
Server MLs are required for managed devices that run server operating system environments (OSEs). Client Management Licenses (CML) are required for managed devices that run non-server OSEs. CMLs are available on a per OSE or per user basis. Just as with Windows Server CALs, there is no change to CML licensing.
Let’s take a step back and offer an overview of core-based licensing for Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 now.
This overview highlights the rules for core-based licensing, both in Volume Licensing (VL) and the Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA).
The key difference between VL and SPLA is in the licensing minimum:
VL: each physical processor is subject to an eight core license minimum, and each physical server (including single-processor servers) is subject to a 16 core license minimum. That means the minimum required core licenses for any server is 16, or eight 2-packs of Core Licenses.
SPLA: each physical processor is subject to an eight core license minimum, with no additional minimum attached to the physical server. The minimum required core licenses is eight, or four 2-packs of Core Licenses.
In terms of general rules and application, core licenses will be sold in 2-packs.
As mentioned, the minimum for VL is eight 2-core pack Core Licenses per server. The minimum for SPLA is four 2-pack Core Licenses per processor.
For both VL and SPLA, additional 2-pack Core Licenses are required for processors with more than eight cores per processor. Additional cores can then be licensed in increments of two cores (i.e. one 2-pack Core License) for gradual increases in core density growth.
This scenario table shows the number of licenses required to cover the physical cores per processor in a server in the new model, both for VL and for SPLA.
Now that we’ve provided an overview of core licensing, let’s talk about how core grants work.
SA customers can upgrade to Windows Server 2016 at no additional cost. At end of the SA term, processor licenses will be exchanged for core licenses and customers can renew their SA on core licenses.
To support the transition of customers with Software Assurance to Windows Server 2016 or System Center 2016, grants will be provided for existing licensed servers with greater than 16 cores.
Windows Server Datacenter and Standard Edition 2-proc licenses with SA will be granted a minimum of 8 two-core pack licenses (16 core licenses) and will be eligible for additional core licenses sufficient to cover their server.
At the end of agreement term, customers should do a self-inventory to document the number of physical cores in each processor in use that are licensed with Windows Server processor licenses with SA. This will enable customers to receive the appropriate number of core licenses to continue deployments.
To be eligible for Additional Core Licenses, Customer must establish and maintain a record of the physical hardware and the configuration of the Licensed Server to which its Eligible Licenses are assigned (using either the Microsoft Software Inventory Logging tool or any equivalent software).
On the table, which is an example of Windows Server Standard, we see our various servers, along with the total physical cores of each. Below, you can see the number of required proc licenses. Each processor license with SA is granted 16 core licenses at expiration of current term.
You can see how many full core licenses the server would be granted, as well as any additional core licenses would be granted, where applicable. Each processor license is eligible to be granted Additional Core Licenses for all Physical Cores on the Licensed Server in excess of sixteen total.
The total grant indicated at the bottom will provide the customer sufficient licenses to continue running the same number of VMs under 2016 core licensing as they are under 2012 R2 processor licensing for each of the servers indicated above.
Let’s discuss pricing now.
For this overview, we’re showing the Level A price for Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition.
What you’ll see is that as in the previous tables, we’ve highlighted pricing for
1-proc servers with either 8 or 20 cores
2-proc servers with 4 or 10 cores per processor
4-proc servers with 4 or 10 cores per processor
Below, you can see how many physical core licenses and corresponding 2-pack Core Licenses would be required to license each server. Remember, the number of licenses required equals the number of physical cores on the licensed server, subject to a minimum of 8 licenses per physical processor and a minimum of 16 licenses per server.
You can see the L&SA price of Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition and Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition.
Server A, Server C and Server E all will experience no change in price from 2012 R2 to 2016, because the price for 16 core licenses of 2016 Standard (or Datacenter) is the same as the current price for one 2-processor license of 2012 R2 Standard (or Datacenter).
Server B, Server D and Server F would all experience a 25% increase in price from 2012 R2 to 2016, as the cost of 2 additional cores per processor increases the price of licensing the server by 25%, given the required minimum of 8 licenses per processor (2/8 = .25) and the minimum of 16 licenses per server (4/16 = .25).
This slide shows an overview, broken down by event, of what licensing rights and model customers with Software Assurance will be subject to.
The most important takeaway on this slide is that all customers who had SA at Windows Server 2016 launch will be granted cores at the expiration of their agreements, whether they renew SA or not.
Looking at this timeline by event, we have three different customer types: one customer renews SA, one customer does not renew SA, and there is a new customer who enrolls after Windows Server 2016 launch.
The renewing customer has proc-based licensing up to renewal. Upon renewal, they will be granted cores and migrate to core-based licensing. They receive core grants through new SA SKU purchases.
The non-renewing customer is also on proc-based licensing up until their renewal window. Should they elect not to renew their SA, they will still migrate to cores and receive core grants, though those come via the Product Terms.
A new customer who enrolls today will be on core-based licensing.
With Windows Server 2016 now generally available:
MPSA customers will now start purchasing cores
For Open, Open Value, and Open Value Subscription customers after general availability:
There are no true-ups
Customers will now start purchasing cores
Here we’ll be covering some licensing scenarios for Windows Server 2016. We’ll look at renewals, both for a 2-proc server with 8 or less cores per processor and more than 8 core per processor. We’ll look at how True-ups work and what changed from before GA to after GA. We’ll review core grants for customers with SA, and then we’ll look at stacking with Standard Edition licenses and what changed from before GA to after GA.
For all of these topics, we’ll be discussing scenarios centered around a 2-processor server, which is the most common server on the market. Note that these scenarios all could apply to single processor servers as well.
Here, we’ll be looking at the changes to both licensing and pricing upon Software Assurance (SA) renewal for a customer with Standard Edition and active SA on a 2-proc server with 8 cores per processor.
The transition from processor-based licensing to core-based licensing will not affect customers with SA until renewal. Prior to renewal, customers who have licenses with SA may upgrade to Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 at any time.
As you can see on the table, if the customer renewed their SA prior to Windows Server 2016 GA, their licensing remains processor-based for the life of their agreement, with one 2-processor Standard license required. However, a renewal after GA (now) means the customer transitions to core-based licensing. Now eight 2-core packs of Standard Edition core licenses would be required for the server.
There is no change in price from what the customer paid to license the server under Windows Server 2012 R2 in the proc-based model.
The price for 16 core licenses of Windows Server 2016 is the same as the 2-processor license of Windows Server 2012 R2.
Now let’s see what changes in a very similar scenario to the previous one. Here, the customer has active SA on a 2-proc server with ten cores per processor instead of eight.
A few things don’t change from the previous scenario:
If the customer renewed their SA prior to Windows Server 2016 GA, their licensing remains processor-based for the life of their agreement, with one 2-processor Standard license required.
Renewal after GA (now) would still mean the customer transitions to core-based licensing.
But in the core-based licensing model, they now need to license ten 2-core packs of Standard licenses to cover their 20 total cores, rather than just needing one 2-proc server license. That would represent a 25% price change from the proc-based licensing of Windows Server 2012 R2.
Fortunately and as we saw earlier, core grants are being provided for servers with greater than eight cores per processor or 16 cores per server. This 2-proc server with 10 cores per processor falls under that umbrella.
The base grant will cover 16 cores, so additional core grants for the remaining four cores would apply. The customer would only pay SA on those four incremental cores as well.
Core grants will be provided for servers with greater than 8 cores per processor and 16 cores per server.
In this case, customer will receive additional core grants for 4 cores.
Customer pays for Software Assurance on incremental cores only, in this case, 4 cores.
What about True-ups? True-ups are dependent upon when the customer is due for renewal of the agreement:
If the renewal of the agreement was before GA, then the customer will be on the processor model for the life of the agreement. In this case, the True-ups will also be processor-based and there will be no price impact.
If the renewal is after GA, the agreement is core-based and True-ups are core-based as well. The price change for True-ups is based on the number of cores per Server. There are no license grants for True-ups; grants apply only to existing licenses.
In this scenario, the customer has a Standard license on a 2-proc server with 10 cores per processor. Their agreement renewal comes up after Windows Server 2016 GA.
That means their agreement will be core-based, as will any True-ups. Since core grants only apply to existing licenses, True-ups are not eligible for grants. The core-based True-up price will be a 25% increase over the proc-based True-up price.
No core grants on True-ups.
Let’s take a look at how customers with Software Assurance will receive core grants for Windows Server 2016.
This customer has active Software Assurance (SA) on a 2-processor server with 10 cores per proc. Windows Server 2016 is generally available now and their SA renewal date has not occurred yet.
Since their renewal is occurring after GA, the customer will migrate to core licensing at the time of renewal. If they had renewed before GA, they would stay on proc-based licensing for the life of the agreement, as we discussed earlier. The base core grant covers 16 cores, while this customer has 20 cores total to license. Assuming the customer has inventoried and documented their licensing environment, they will receive additional core grants to cover the remaining four cores not covered by the base grant. Additionally, the customer will only pay Software Assurance on those four cores.
Customers with SA will receive core grants at the time of renewal now that Windows Server 2016 is generally available.
Core grants will be provided for servers with greater than 8 cores per processor and 16 cores per server (with required documentation).
In this case, the customer will receive additional core grants for 4 cores.
Customer pays extra for SA on incremental cores only, in this case 4 cores.
Stacking standard licenses to increase virtualization rights is a popular approach for Windows Server Standard Edition customers.
Customers with Standard Edition licenses can attach or “stack” multiple licenses to a single server to increase virtualization rights. Each license will increase virtualization rights by two virtual machines.
Let’s look at a scenario around the differences in stacking Standard licenses before and after Windows Server 2016 GA.
Here, we have a customer that wants to add four virtual machines to a 2-proc server with 10 cores per processor. Under proc-based licensing, one 2-proc standard license entitles them to two virtual machines. To add two more VM’s, the customer has to add one additional 2-proc standard license to the server. Under proc-based licensing, two standard licenses will give them four VMs.
Post-GA and under core-based licensing, the customer is now entitled to two VMs with 16 core licenses, or eight 2-Core Pack of Standard Licenses. To add two more VM’s to the two they are already entitled to, the customer needs to license all 20 cores in the server again, or add ten more 2-Core Pack Standard licenses to the server for a total of 40 cores licensed.
In this scenario, stacking under the core-based model would result in a 25% price increase from stacking in the proc-based licensing model.
Windows Server 2012 R2:
Entitlement to two VMs on a 2-processor Windows Server 2012 R2 license.
To add two more VMs, the customer has to license two 2-processor Standard 2012 R2 licenses.
Windows Server 2016:
Entitlement to two VMs on an eight 2-core pack Windows Server 2016 license.
To add two more VMs, the customer has to license all the cores in the server again. In this case, the customer is required to license 40 cores to receive entitlement to 4 VMs.
The feature differentiation in Windows Server 2016 should create a lot of buzz and appeal for customers to seek to Step-up, and now Microsoft is offering a promotional discount to help facilitate that move.
This offer will be available from launch through June 2017 and is targeted towards current Standard Edition customers with active SA. It’s available in the Enterprise Agreement and Open programs, including Government customers.
The discounted Step-up SKU is available in the price list and will represent a 20% discount.
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The Azure Hybrid Use Benefit (HUB) lets customers bring their on-premises Windows Server license with Software Assurance to Azure. Rather than paying the full price for a new Windows Server virtual machine, customers will only pay the base to compute rate, as shown above.
Azure HUB enables customers’ use of Windows Server on Microsoft Azure through Azure Virtual Machines (“Base Instances”). Azure HUB does not include the cost of Base Instances, and Base Instances do not include Windows Server. Each set of 16 Windows Server core licenses with Software Assurance (and each Windows Server processor license with Software Assurance), entitles customers to use Windows Server on Microsoft Azure on up to 16 virtual cores allocated across two or fewer Azure Base Instances. Each additional set of 8 core licenses with Software Assurance entitles use on up to 8 virtual cores and one Base Instance.
With Azure HUB, customers can move or add incremental workloads into Azure and pay non-Windows (Linux) pricing. With Datacenter Edition, customers get lower-cost instances in Azure as well as rights to maintain existing on-premises deployments. Standard Edition still provides lower-cost instances in Azure, but you must assign the licenses to Azure and decommission the corresponding on-premises workloads.
Azure Hybrid Use Benefit enables customers to continue to derive value in their on-premises investments and use them towards their cloud transitions. Hybrid benefits provide flexibility in the adoption and timing of cloud services and value via additional cloud use rights on top of the existing on-premises value. A purchasing decision made today retains it’s value in the future.
The graphic on the right illustrates the value that Azure HUB can bring: the annual cost of one Windows Server virtual machine on Azure is approximately $4,555 (USD). The annual cost of one base compute virtual machine on Azure is about $2,348. Add in the annual SA cost of $180 and that is an annual savings of about 45% or $2, 027 in this example. Note that with the Azure price changes effective October 1, partners should contact their Partner Sales Executive and a Microsoft Licensing Specialist for specific price inquiries.
Azure HUB scenario:
Question: If a HUB customer wants to run a 20 core VM after GA?
Answer: They would need to assign 16+8 core licenses.
In closing, here are the key licensing updates coming with the introduction of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016.
Additional information on licensing, products and tools can be found at the links provided here.
Here’s an overview of the key new features coming in Windows Server 2016: Containers, Nano Server, Shielded VMs and Cloud-inspired infrastructure.
We’ve cleanly condensed them down to list the primary benefit, a brief description, and the licensing impact and/or availability.
As customers have adopted modern applications and next-generation cloud technologies, they’ve experienced an increasing need for an OS that delivers speed, agility, and lower resource consumption. Nano Server inherently provides these benefits with its smaller footprint.
Nano Server is a new headless, 64-bit only installation option that installs “just enough OS,” resulting in a dramatically smaller footprint that results in more uptime and a smaller attack surface. Users can choose to add server roles as needed, including Hyper-V, Scale out File Server, DNS Server and IIS server roles. Users can also choose to install features, including Container support, Defender, Clustering, Desired State Configuration (DSC), and Shielded VM support. Nano Server can be remotely managed via PowerShell, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, or the new Server management tools cloud service.
Nano Server is focused on two scenarios that demand a smaller footprint OS:
1. Cloud OS Infrastructure
2. Application platform for born-in-the-cloud applications running in a Guest VM or container
Use the lightweight Nano Server deployment option for the agility and flexibility today’s application developers need. It’s the perfect option for running applications from containers or micro services.
Nano Server is available to Windows Server 2016 customers with Software Assurance, under the Current Branch for Business (CBB) servicing model.
Containers are an operating system-level isolation method for running multiple applications on a single control host. With developers building, and then packaging their applications into containers, and providing them to IT to run on a standardized platform, it reduces the overall effort to deploy applications, and can streamline the whole dev and test cycle, ultimately reducing costs. As containers can run on a host OS, which itself could be physical or virtual, it provides IT with flexibility and the opportunity to drive an increased level of server consolidation, all whilst maintaining a level of isolation that allows many containers to share the same host operating system.
Windows Server Containers provide operating system level virtualization that allows multiple isolated applications to be run on a single system. Windows Server Containers address density and startup performance scenarios and achieve isolation through namespace and process isolation.
Process Grouping (known as Job objects in Windows) is a mechanism of classifying and operating on a set of processes, as single unit. Job objects have existed in Windows since Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2 largely as a mechanism for applying basic resource controls on processes/sets of processes, this functionality was part of the foundation for Windows Server Containers.
Namespaces isolation describes a form or virtualization where operating system-wide or global configuration can be instanced or virtualized to a given set of processes, as referenced by job objects. In order for applications inside containers to work properly, there are a number of namespaces that must be virtualized, some of the major ones include: storage, registry, networking, object tables and process tables. Each container has a virtualized view of these namespaces limiting its ability to see global properties of the container host or other containers running alongside it.
Hyper-V Containers support the same features as Windows Server Containers and additionally addresses isolation and kernel variation, lending itself to complex application development and hostile multi-tenancy scenarios. Hyper-V Containers encapsulates each container in a lightweight virtual machine.
Shared kernel container environments are not designed for “hostile” multi-tenancy scenarios while Hyper-V Containers are naturally designed for this type of multi-tenancy and have their root in hardware isolation properties. Examples of “hostile” multi-tenancy scenarios include:
Highly regulated environments.
Hyper-V Containers encapsulate each container in a lightweight virtual machine, providing the same level of isolation provided by virtual machines, addressing kernel isolation and variation requirements while providing the same density and startup performance associated with a container.
Windows Server 2016 delivers layers of protection that help address emerging threats and make Windows Server 2016 an active participant in your security defenses. These include the new Shielded VM solution that protects VMs from attacks and compromised administrators in the underlying fabric, extensive threat resistance components built into the Windows Server 2016 operating system and enhanced auditing events that will help security systems detect malicious activity.
Shielded VMs and Guarded Fabric help provide hosting service providers and private cloud operators the ability to offer their tenants a hosted environment where protection of tenant virtual machine data is strengthened against threats from compromised storage, network and host administrators, and malware.
A Shielded VM is a generation 2 VM (supports Windows Server 2012 and later) that has a virtual TPM, is encrypted using BitLocker and can only run on healthy and approved hosts in the fabric. You can configure to run a Shielded VM on any Hyper-V host. For the highest levels of assurance, the host hardware requires TPM 2.0 (or later) and UEFI 2.3.1 (or later).
Shielded VMs are included with Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition.
Windows Server 2016 delivers capabilities to help you create a more flexible and cost-efficient datacenter using software-defined compute, storage and network virtualization features inspired by Azure and the cloud.
Resilient Compute: Run your datacenter with a highly automated, resilient, virtualized server operating system.
Cloud-Inspired Networking : Windows Server 2016 delivers key networking features used in the Azure datacenters to support agility and availability in your datacenter.
Reduced Cost Storage: Windows Server 2016 includes expanded capabilities in software-defined storage with an emphasis on resilience, reduced cost, and increased control.
Layers of Security: Windows Server 2016 delivers new capabilities to prevent attacks and detect suspicious activity with features to control privileged access, protect virtual machines and harden the platform against emerging threats.
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