HPE OEM Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Essentials Now Available!

We are very excited to announce the release of HPE OEM Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Essentials edition! This OEM edition of Windows Server 2016 is ideal for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices. Essentials is a good option for customers who have previously used Windows Server Foundation edition, which is not available for Windows Server 2016.

Essentials edition allows users to run one instance of the server software in one physical operating system environment, and one instance in one virtual operating system environment on the licensed server. If both permitted instances are run at the same time, the instance of the server software running in the physical operating system environment may be used only to run hardware virtualization software or provide hardware virtualization services.


Windows Server 2016 Essentials edition licensing structure
While you may have heard that the licensing structure for Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter edition changed, it is important to note that Essentials edition continues to follow the processor-based licensing model used in previous iterations of Windows Server.


What about CALs for Windows Server 2016 Essentials edition?
Client Access Licenses (CALs) are not required for Windows Server 2016 Essentials.


Windows Server 2016 Essentials + HPE Servers
Windows Server 2016 Essentials is a flexible, affordable, easy-to-use server solution designed and priced for small businesses. Pairing Essentials edition with an HPE Server gives your customers an ideal first server solution that allows them to:

  • Simplify daily tasks by easily connecting to and sharing files and programs
  • Protect critical business data with effective backup
  • Enhance security through centralized management of users and anti-virus/malware


Check back next week to see which HPE ProLiant Servers we recommend pairing with Windows Server 2016 Essentials edition! 

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