We cannot answer without the specific SKU. I always preferred OpenLicense with Software Assurance, and then I keep the software Assurance renewal up to date, mainly on the CALs, this way I can keep servers always in the up to date version and I am never forced to update on the last year like it is happening to Regardless which version you chose, if you didn't have Software Assurance, you will need to get CALs as well.
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When a customer buys Windows Server Standard or Datacenter, they receive a server license that allows them to install the operating system on one computer. A server software license by itself doesn't provide the license rights to allow anyone to connect to that computer, whether they work for the company or not. Instead, each user or device needs a CAL. A small office with 15 users that access Windows Server R2 from multiple devices desktops, laptops, tablets, phones buys a server installed with Windows Server R2 Standard. The server license gives you the right to install and use the server software. A CAL grants a user or device the right to access the server software. This structure offers license affordability to organizations of all sizes. We're sorry. This promotion has ended, but we have many more deals and bargains at Newegg.
Windows Server is the operating system that bridges on-premises environments with Azure, adding additional layers of security while helping you modernize your applications and infrastructure. To give you a more consistent licensing experience across multi-cloud environments, we transitioned from processor-based licensing to core-based licensing for Windows Server Datacenter and Standard editions. View the new hybrid, security, infrastructure, and application platform features of Windows Server as compared to previous versions. Windows Server offers additional features in Standard and Datacenter editions. Windows Server also includes features like unlimited Windows Server containers. Core licenses are sold in packs of two a 2-pack of Core Licenses , and packs of 16 a pack of Core Licenses.
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