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Microsoft AMD Pilot Program helps customers save on OS licensing for HPE Servers

Hewlett Packard Enterprise, AMD, and Microsoft have partnered together to deliver some of the most economical and energy efficient single or dual socket HPE ProLiant platforms with Windows Server 2019.

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Microsoft AMD Pilot Program Overview

Introducing the Microsoft AMD Pilot Program! Running August 3, 2020 through June 30, 2021, This program allows businesses to benefit from tremendous savings on HPE OEM Windows Server 2019 Standard and HPE OEM Windows Server 2019 Datacenter licensing running on AMD EPYC 7002 Series (“Rome”) processor based HPE ProLiant Gen10 and Gen10 Plus servers with more than 32 cores (either 48 or 64 cores).

 

How the Microsoft AMD Pilot Program works with HPE Servers

When customers purchase HPE OEM Windows Server 2019 licensing with AMD EPYC "Rome" platforms (AMD EPYC™ 7002 Series) with 48 and 64 cores, they must only license the first 32 cores per processor but can utilize all processor cores. For this program, there are two Windows Server 2019 license types that must be purchased: Windows Server 2019 “Base Licenses” and Windows Server 2019 AMD “Additional Licenses”. The AMD Pilot specific “Additional Licenses” carry AMD Pilot expanded license terms which allow organizations to license only 32 cores per processor but utilize all processor cores.

  • For Single Processor Servers: When organizations purchase applicable servers (see “Platform Requirements” below) along with HPE OEM Windows Server 2019 licensing, they will first purchase a Windows Server 2019 Standard or Windows Server 2019 Datacenter “Base License” which provides licensing for the first 16 cores of the server. They will then require one HPE OEM Windows Server 2019 Standard or Windows Server 2019 Datacenter AMD Additional licenses to license the remaining 16 cores required.
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  • For Dual Processor Servers: When organizations purchase applicable servers (see “Platform Requirements” below) along with HPE OEM Windows Server 2019 licensing, they will first purchase a Windows Server 2019 Standard or Windows Server 2019 Datacenter “Base License” which provides licensing for the first 16 cores of the server. They will then require three (3) HPE OEM Windows Server 2019 Standard or Windows Server 2019 Datacenter AMD Additional licenses to license the remaining required cores (32 cores per processor)
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Microsoft AMD Pilot Program requirements

  • License Requirements: The Microsoft AMD Pilot Program is applicable to HPE branded OEM licenses for Windows Server 2019 Standard and Windows Server 2019 Datacenter (not applicable for Windows Server 2019 Essentials licenses)
  • Platform Requirements: The Microsoft AMD Pilot Program is available only on servers with AMD EPYC™ ‘Rome’ processors (AMD EPYC™ 7002 Series) and more than 32 cores per processor.

HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 and Gen10 Plus servers with 48 or 64 cores per processor.

HPE ProLiant DL385 Gen10 and Gen10 Plus servers with 48 or 64 cores per processor.

  • License Specifics: HPE OEM Windows Server 2019 licensing purchased under the Microsoft AMD Pilot Program are only available with new HPE ProLiant server purchase (“POS” or Point of Sale) and cannot be purchased solo, without a new server. In addition, licensing cannot be transferred to another server from the one it was purchased with. AMD “Additional Licenses” purchased during through the Microsoft AMD Pilot Program are valid for the lifetime of the server.

 

Learn more: Product Brief- Microsoft AMD Pilot Program and HPE Servers

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