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Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Downgrades and RDS CALs End of Life (EOL) Coming Soon

Willa

Did you know that Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services (RDS) User and Device Client Access Licenses (CALs) will be reaching their End of Life (EOL) dates soon? In addition, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Downgrades for Standard and Datacenter editions will also be reaching their EOL dates.

HPE OEM part numbers for these products have been set with the below EOL dates. 

End of Life (EOL)

Discontinue

Obsolete

9/30/2018

10/31/2018

11/30/2018


Please note, after the Obsolete date, HPE cannot distribute any of these products. However, for any units that have been distributed from HPE to a partner (e.g. a Distributor or Reseller), the partner may continue selling the inventory they own. If there is any obsolete product inventory on the HPE side, HPE must then return the product to Microsoft.

Windows Server RDS CALs
Windows Server 2016 RDS CALs OEM part numbers will continue to be available up to the end of March 2019.
The following is a detailed list of HPE part numbers to be discontinued:

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 RDS CALs

Type

SKU

Product Description

Language

Region

Device CALs

701604-A21

MS WS12 RDS CAL 5 DEV EMEA Lic

English, Czech, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Turkish

EMEA

Device CALs

701604-DN1

MS WS12 RDS CAL 5DEV en/fr/es/xc Lic

English, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese

AMS

Device CALs

701604-371

MS WS12 RDS CAL 5DEV en/ko Lic

English, Korean

APJ

Device CALs

701604-291

MS WS12 RDS CAL 5DEV ja Lic

Japanese

APJ

User CALs

701605-A21

MS WS12 RDS CAL 5USR EMEA Lic

English, Czech, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Turkish

EMEA

User CALs

701605-DN1

MS WS12 RDS CAL 5USR en/fr/es/xc Lic

English, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese

AMS

User CALs

701605-371

MS WS12 RDS CAL 5USR en/ko Lic

English, Korean

APJ

User CALs

701605-291

MS WS12 RDS CAL 5USR ja Lic

Japanese

APJ

 

Windows Server Downgrades
Windows Server 2012 Downgrades provided through the Windows Server Media and Downgrade fulfillment website https://ebiz3.mentormediacorp.com/HPEDGRCR/ will also follow the same End of Life dates.

Downgrades to Windows Server 2012 R2 will continue to be available for HPE customers from the factory at the time of the server purchase and as a post-sale option at the fulfillment site listed above. Downgrades are provided to customers based on Microsoft policy.

The following is a detailed list of HPE part numbers available from factory to be discontinued:

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Downgrades

 

Type

SKU

Product Description

Language

Region

Reseller Option Kit (ROK)

782516-291

MS WS 2012 DG STD ROK ja SW

Japanese

APJ

Factory Drop in Box (FIO Npi)

756691-B21

MS WS 2012 DG STD FIO NPI E/F/I/G/S SW

English, French, Italian, German, Spanish

AMS/EMEA

Factory Drop in Box (FIO Npi)

756691-291

MS WS 2012 DG STD FIO NPI

Japanese

APJ

Factory Drop in Box (FIO Npi)

756691-371

MS WS 2012 DG STD FIO NPI ja SW

English, Korean

APJ

Factory Drop in Box (FIO Npi)

756691-A41

MS WS 2012 DG STD FIO NPI en/pl/pt/ru/sv/tr/cz/nl SW

English, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Czech, Dutch

EMEA

Factory Drop in Box (FIO Npi)

756692-B21

MS WS 2012 DG Datacntr FIO NPI E/F/I/G/S SW

English, French, Italian, German, Spanish

AMS/EMEA

Factory Drop in Box (FIO Npi)

756692-291

MS WS 2012 DG Datacntr FIO NPI ja SW

Japanese

APJ

Factory Drop in Box (FIO Npi)

756692-371

MS WS 2012 DG Datacntr FIO NPI en/ko SW

English, Korean

APJ

 

Customers who have purchased Windows Server 2016 OS licenses from HPE can continue to request any of the available downgrade kits directly from HPE or through the Windows Server Media and Downgrades Fulfillment website listed above.


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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.

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