This blog was originally written by Abhijit Sune & Gobind Vijayakumar from DELL Windows Engineering Team.
Microsoft has released the licensing details of Windows Server 2012 R2 and currently there is no change to core editions of Windows Server - Datacenter and Standard. These two editions are only differentiated only by virtualization rights – two virtual instances for Standard edition and unlimited virtual instances for Datacenter edition. A consistent processor-based licensing model that covers up to two physical processors on a server
Licensing details for Windows Server 2012 R2 –
Unlimited virtual OSE , All features
Processors + CAL**
Two Virtual OSE, All Features
One OSE, Limited features
Server – 25 used limit
Server – 15 used limit
**Client Access Licenses (CALs) are required for every user or device accessing a server. See the Product Use Rights for details.
The other two features that have been introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2 Editions are
AVMA Feature Description
Microsoft has provided unlimited virtual machine instances of Windows Server for a licensed system with Windows Server Datacenter. This allows customer to simply license the server, provides as much resources as desired and run as many instance of Windows Server as the system can deliver. With Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft makes it easier and fast to deploy and activate virtualization environment. Automatic Virtual Machine activation (AVWA) is a new feature in Windows Server 2012 R2 to activate virtual machine that makes it easier for you to use the licensing advantages given by Windows Server Datacenter SKU.
Here at Dell, we have built and tested our infrastructure both in case of factory order server and OEM OS media to support this feature.
Hardware requirements: Windows Server 2012 R2 AVMA doesn’t introduce any new hardware requirements; however the host must be activated for AVMA to function.
Software requirements: Windows Server 2012 R2 AVMA has the following software requirements:
The following are the method to implement AVMA
slmgr /ipk <AVMA_key>