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HPE’s OEM Reseller Option Kit for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Microsoft Licensing Facts

Willa

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We have covered many different topics in our Hewlett Packard Enterprise OEM Licensing blog series. From Client Access Licenses (a.k.a CALs) and Downgrades, to Additive/Additional Licenses and virtualization, we’ve talked about it all! Today, we will take a moment and review a few of these licensing topics as we highlight tips to keep in mind when planning licensing needs for Microsoft® Windows Server 2012 R2.

 

Whether your business is just starting out (and needs a first server solution) or is growing (and is ready to expand their IT), there is a HPE ProLiant + Windows Server operating system (OS) pairing solution available to meet its specific needs with HPE OEM Microsoft Windows Server Reseller Option Kit (HPE ROK).

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With all of these benefits, we think you will agree that HPE ROK is a great option! Once you have chosen the HPE ROK option, there are still a few more steps to keep in mind when planning your Windows Server 2012 R2 licensing needs.

1. Consider virtualization needs and business size when determining which edition of Windows Server 2012 R2 to use:

    • Datacenter edition** for highly-virtualized environments
  • Standard edition** for lightly or non-virtualized environments
  • Essentials edition for small businesses with up to 25 users, running on servers with up to two processors
  • Foundation edition for small businesses with up to 15 users on a single processor server

** Client Access Licenses (CALs) are required for every user or device accessing a server

2. If the Datacenter or Standard Edition is needed, the Client Access License (CAL) Decision Tool can be used to determine which mix and how many CALs (user or device) are required.

3. For customers who would like the ability to transfer their OEM base license to another server in the future, they may acquire this right, plus other benefits such as upgrade rights, by purchasing Microsoft Software Assurance (SA) from an authorized Microsoft Licensing Distributor (such as HPE SLMS) within 90 days of their original OEM OS purchase.

4. To benefit both HPE reseller partners and customers, HPE has deployed iQuote, an easy-to-use sales quotation tool that gives partners the ability to quickly create accurate quotations at the best possible pricing from authorized HPE Distributors. For more information, go to: www.hpiquote.net/.

 

Do you have any Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 licensing tips or topics we haven’t covered? We’d love to hear them! Leave a comment here or join our Coffee Coaching communities on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn and drop us a note.

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Willa

Willa manages the HPE | Microsoft Coffee Coaching program. Follow along to learn more about the latest HPE OEM Microsoft product releases and how the HPE Microsoft partnership can benefit partners and customers.

Comments
Terry Chang

we lost the Windows 2012 HP ROK kit, where can we download it?

 

 

Willa

Hello Terry Chang,

Windows Server replacement media can be requested here: https://ebiz3.mentormediacorp.com/HPEDGRCR/.

Please note you will need to submit your "Proof of Purchase" from HPE to get the replacement media.

Shankar Roy

 

Hi Willa,

I m System interegrator  , i would you like to know . Is WS12 std ROK is trnasferbale ?? if server hardware like motherboard and cpu is not working.

 

Willa

Hi Shankar, 

 

There are a few cases when the Windows Server 2012 Standard edition ROK license may be transferred to another server:

1) If Software Assurance (SA) was purchased for the Server Operating System (OS) (within 90 days of the OS purchase).

2) If the HPE OEM Windows Server 2012 Standard edition ROK license was a Windows Server offering from Hewlett Packard Enterprise that included reassignment rights, for instance the Windows Server 2012 Standard additional license and the Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter license with reassignment rights (both of these products include the COA adhered to a license card and can be reassigned to another server).

Otherwise,  an OEM license may not be moved to another server. Microsoft OEM licensing (including COEM, HPE OEM, and other OEM licensing) is part of the server on which it was issued, as explained in the license terms that accompany the license. 

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