Software Assurance Benefits Chart – Jan 2017

Title: Microsoft Software Assurance Interactive Benefits Chart
Published: 01/13/2017
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation 
Version: January 2017
File name: SA_InteractiveBenefitsChart.pdf
File size: 2.0 MB
Download URL: Click here to download

DESCRIPTION

Microsoft software licensing is one of the most confusing, often frustrating, things clients and IT Pros have to deal with. In fact, there’s even a Microsoft Certification Exam (74-678) just for licensing.

SA_InteractiveBenefitsChart

Use this chart to compare program benefits available through Microsoft Software Assurance for Volume Licensing. Chart data includes descriptions and eligibility summaries for all Software Assurance benefits including New Product Versions, 24×7 Problem Resolution Support, Windows 7 Enterprise Edition, Deployment Planning and Training services amongst others.

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Windows Server 2012 and R2 Locks and Limits

The question came up today about using Windows Server Essentials as a RADIUS server. Part of the consideration involves the arbitrary restrictions placed on the OS. Microsoft differentiates the server products with what are affectionately know as “Locks and Limits”.

Most folks in IT are aware of OS limits like the number of users in Windows Server or not being able to RDP into Windows 7 Home Edition. But there are other less-obvious limits like RAM or IAS, RRAS & SMB connection limits.

Fortunately there are two handy spreadsheets that detail the Limits, Roles & Features that are (or are not) available in Windows Server 2012 & R2 Editions.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Locks and Limits

Windows Server 2012 R2 Locks & Limits
File: Windows Server 2012 R2 Products and Editions Comparison.pdf (222 KB)
URL: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41703

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard
  • Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Workgroup

Windows Server 2012 Locks & Limits
File: Windows Server 2012 Products and Editions Comparison.pdf (226 KB)
URL: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38809

  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 Foundation
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012
  • Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Storage Server 2012 Workgroup
  • Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 Premium
  • Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 Standard

Currently, there is no word yet on Windows Server 2016 since it’s still in Technical Preview at this time. However, once the licensing folks figure out how to squeeze every penny out of Server 2016 (I’m very interested to see what they do with Nano Edition) there should be an updated spreadsheet released.

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