Windows Server 2019 OEM licenses now available from HPE!

Windows Server 2019 OEM licenses are now available from HPE to pair with new HPE ProLiant Gen10 servers, storage and networking offerings. By pairing Windows Server 2019 OEM licenses with HPE hardware, you give your customers a complete solution with licensing that offers many advantages over other licensing types. HPE OEM Windows Server licenses are affordable, customized for HPE ProLiant servers, and include 90 days of free HPE setup support.

Windows Server 2019 mockup.jpgWindows Server 2008 End of Support (EoS) is quickly approaching and customers still running Windows Server 2008 need to migrate to a newer, supported, generation of Windows Server! Set them up for success with a complete server solution that includes Windows Server 2019, the operating system that bridges on-premises and the cloud, running on HPE ProLiant Gen10 Servers. Help your customers maximize their existing investments and eliminate the need to build custom solutions by extending on-premises to the cloud with new hybrid platform features introduced with Windows Server 2019 such as Storage Migration Service, System Insights, Azure Network Adaptor, and Enhanced AD Authentication.


As with Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019 Essentials uses a processor-based licensing model while Windows Server 2019 Standard and Windows Server 2019 Datacenter utilize a core-based licensing model. Don’t forget, Client Access Licenses (CALs) are required for every user or device for Windows Server 2019 Standard and Windows Server 2019 Datacenter (no CALs are required for Windows Server 2019 Essentials). Additional CALs, such as Remote Desktop Service (RDS) CALs may be required for access to advanced functionality.



Licensing model

CAL requirements

Windows Server 2019 Datacenter

For highly virtualized datacenter and hybrid cloud environments.

Core based

Windows Server CAL

Windows Server 2019 Standard

For physical or minimally virtualized environments.

Core based

Windows Server CAL

Windows Server 2019 Essentials

For small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices.

Processor based

No CAL required


Why choose a HPE OEM Windows Server license?
- Simplest, most cost effective licensing for many small and midsize businesses
- Operating System (OS) and drivers are pre-tested for the hardware and supported by HPE
- One-stop-shop for hardware, OS, and CALs
- Offer the same downgrade and virtual machine portability rights as with VL Open Licenses
- License reassignment to other server available with select SKUs*


Hewlett Packard Enterprise sells and delivers OEM Windows Server 2019 licenses in a variety of ways. First, pre-installed configurations are available from our online stores, via our channel partners, and through our direct sales team. For customers choosing do-it-yourself installations, Non-preinstalled factory OEM licenses (also referred to as “drop-in-box” licenses) are available with new HPE servers from our online stores and via our channel partners. Last, but certainly NOT least, HPE Reseller Option Kit (ROK) licenses are available to resellers from HPE authorized distributors. With ROK licenses, resellers can then offer HPE ROK licenses in combination with HPE server systems to end customers to deliver not only the value of the HPE OEM license, but also any additional services and products they may offer.


Want to learn more about Windows Server 2019? Visit our new Windows Server 2019 YouTube playlist for all our current Windows Server 2019 trainings. And, be sure to check back every week as we dive deeper into Windows Server 2019 topics and feature new videos!


*Datacenter with Reassignment Rights and Standard Additional licenses only


Willa Anderson
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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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.