Microsoft Releases Server 2012

Microsoft licensingI just received the love letter from Microsoft informing that the Server 2012 release-to-manufacturing version is now available for evaulation.

Microsoft has simplified its licensing model with Server 2012. There are only two core SKU’s:

  • Datacenter Edition
  • Standard Edition

There are two lesser editions of note with the emphasis that these have no virtualization rights.

  • Essentials
  • Foundation

The Datacenter Edition provides Server 2012 virtualization (unlimited number of vm’s per processor).

Slashdot linked to an article in, where reporter Nicole Kobie quotes Mike Schutz, (a Microsoft General something-over-everything manager) about the simplified license model that Microsoft is moving to.

We’ve been looking at Server 2012 and Windows 8 for a few weeks now. We’ll hold our review of 2012 for a little longer while we kick the tires. As far as Windows 8, why regurgitate what seemingly everyone else is already saying.


As far as the new licensing model is concerned; bravo. Keep it simple. Nothing worse than needing an engineer to determine which licenses you require.

The price reported for Datacenter seems steep ($4,809), but when you consider that it includes unlimited vm’s it starts to make the price a little easier to swallow.