Windows Server 2016 Licensing Calculator

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I decided to add a calculator to demonstrate the licensing components of the per core Windows Server 2016 Licensing Model.  The intent here is to give you a general idea of how many 2-Core Packs you may need and what it may cost to license Windows Server 2016.  If you want more information on how the licensing works please check out my first article. Have fun!

Disclaimer: All pricing on here is MSRP.  Actual pricing may vary greatly.  This is not a quote nor should it be considered factual.  This is a hypothetical guess at what pricing and core pack licensing is based on the MSRP pricing available at the time.  You should contact your Reseller or LSP to get actual pricing or quotes.  I didn’t include Single CPU (Socket) or less than 8-Cores as options because of the 16-Core Minimum.  The Software Assurance costs are based on 2 years Open License or 3 Years Open Value and it’s ~25% per year.  I picked the higher cost User CALs for this calculator at ~$43 per CAL, Device CALs are ~$38 per CAL.


5 thoughts on “Windows Server 2016 Licensing Calculator

    1. Shawn Post author

      Thanks for visiting and you’re welcome! To answer your question, Yes, currently Windows Server licensing is perpetual. If you bought Software Assurance you would have to pay SA annually or every few years depending on what your terms were.

  1. Aaron

    Thanks for making this great calculator. Could you add the new Windows Server 2016 24core license option? Might make more sense for some people
    I found these but I don’t know if they are accurate (Classic MS licensing strategy)
    P71-08670 Datacenter
    P73-07132 Standard

    1. Shawn Post author

      Thanks for the feedback. Unfortunately, the 24 core options MSRP price isn’t any different than buying 2-core packs of either Standard or Datacenter. I’d be curious to see if using those part numbers would make it come in cheaper in an actual quoted price though versus the 2-core packs.


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