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Untangling Windows Server Licensing Issues

May 14, 2008

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  • By Christopher Voce
  • with Galen Schreck,
  • Walid Saleh

Why Read This Report

Windows Server 2008, formerly code-named Longhorn, is finally out in the wild. The new version delivers enhancements in virtualization, manageability, and security that will entice firms to the new edition — but Microsoft's server virtualization solution, Hyper-V (code-named Viridian), is undoubtedly the most important enhancement. Windows Server 2008 retains a similar licensing structure to Windows Server 2003, but trends in virtualization and consolidation will have a significant impact on which licenses you purchase.

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Table of Contents

  • 1. What are the different licensing options for Windows Server 2008?
  • 2. How will server virtualization affect our Windows Server licensing decisions?
  • 3. How does Windows Server licensing affect our consolidation efforts?
  • 4. When do I need to buy Client Access Licenses (CALs)?
  • 5. What are the licensing considerations for outward-facing applications?
  • 6. Where could we use Windows Server 2008 Web Edition?