Microsoft has announced a major update to its Windows Server licensing program, which in part was driven by threats of legal action by the European Union.
The most notable change is adding the option of licensing Windows Server based on virtual cores in addition to the current option of paying based on the number of physical processor cores in host machines.
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“Today, Windows Server is licensed by physical core, which means customers must have access to the physical server hardware to ensure that they have enough Windows Server licenses to cover all physical cores in the machine,” wrote Nicole Dezen, Microsoft’s chief partner officer, in a blog post.
Source:: Network World – Data Center