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Choose the best Windows Server solution for your business (and don’t forget the CALs!)


Whether you are planning your first server solution, or designing an upgrade to an existing solution, there are many different questions you must answer. From what Server Operating System (OS) is best for your business to which server will pair best with that OS (and what kind/how many Client Access Licenses (CALs) you need in between) there is a lot to consider!


Today, we are here to make the whole process easier for you with our four simple steps for designing your server solution (and some helpful assets for each step!).


Step 1: Determine the right Windows Server 2012 R2 edition for your business.

Windows Server 2012 R2 provides solutions that are simple to deploy, cost effective, application focused, and user-centric. With four different editions available, Windows Server 2012 R2 is sure to have the exact Server OS that your business needs (from SMB to enterprise). This helpful infographic can help you determine the right Windows Server 2012 R2 edition for your business.


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Step 2: Match your Windows Server 2012 R2 OS with its ideal HP ProLiant Server:

Once you know which edition of Windows Server 2012 R2 is the best match for your business, you need to choose the best HP ProLiant server to accompany it (no server solution is complete without a server!). You can use the Windows Operating System Selector to find the HP ProLiant Gen9 server that will pair best with your new OS and perfectly fit your business needs.


Step 3: Don’t forget the CALs

After you have your server OS and server selected, figure out your CAL needs. If Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter editions are the best fit for your business, don’t forget your Client Access Licenses (CALs). CALs are required to access WS2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter edition. However, CALs are not included with these editions, allowing customers to purchase precisely what they require (and no more) and then adapt their licensing needs as their businesses grow.


Step 4: Evaluate the best way to license CALs for your organization

If you determine CALs are required, it is important to remember there are different types of CALs that can be purchased. The Client Access License (CAL) Decision Tool can help you determine which kind of CALs you need and how many you require.


Want to learn more about CALs? Don’t miss our Coffee Coaching blog, “User Client Access License (CAL) Pricing Updateand be sure to join our Coffee Coaching communities on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and LinkedIn.

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Its nice and simple pictorial representaion of lincensing. 


To sum it up


a) For less than 25 users : Essentials

b) For more than 25 users but less than 10 VM: Standard plus cals

c) For More than 25 users and more than 10VM: Datacentre edition plus cals




 Thanks Umesh, we are glad you liked it!


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