Microsoft System Center Licensing Key Points

February 12, 2014   //   Microsoft System Center, , , , , ,

The licensing model for Microsoft System Center has changed significantly from the previous release and this has resulted in some confusion and uncertainty when it comes to the current wave. Not to worry – SWC can help clarify what you need. In this blog post, we’ll give you the key decision points and requirements for System Center licensing.

In System Center 2007, there was no unified suite, thus each product had to be licensed individually. This meant purchasing Microsoft SQL Server instances, use-rights for each management server and Management Licenses (MLs) for each device.

But all this has been greatly simplified now in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2. For starters, the whole suite is licensed together – you get all of the products! And, the rights to use Microsoft SQL Server 2012 are also included.

A standard license is ideal for a lightly virtualized private cloud and grants rights to two Operating System Environments (OSEs) per license. For highly virtualized environments, a datacenter license offers the same feature set with unlimited OSEs.

As with all of the Microsoft Windows products, CALs are required for each physical and virtual machine. For additional details on Microsoft System Center licensing and product information, please visit Microsoft’s FAQ page or contact one of SWC’s Microsoft licensing specialists, to help you figure out the best way to deploy Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 in your organization.

To learn more about Microsoft System Center, please join us for our upcoming Microsoft System Center Event.

If you enjoyed this post from Kurt, please check out a few of our related posts on Microsoft System Center:

Better Together: Microsoft System Center and Windows Server 2012 R2
One System Center To Rule Them All
Integrating Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2
Microsoft System Center Replacement Tools
The Top Features of Microsoft System Center 2012
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