Server 2016 Licensing

Some excepts

  • Every processor must be licensed for at least 8 cores

  • Every server must be licensed for at least 16 cores (this is equivalent to previous versions that requires two sockets minimum to be covered)

  • All enabled cores must be covered by licensing

  • Hyper-threads do not have to be licensed, only physical cores

  • Core licenses are sold in packs of two which means the minimum number for each server is 8 2-core packs

  • 8 2-core packs will be the same price as the corresponding Windows Server 2012 R2 SKU which means providing servers have processors with 8 cores or less then price will be the same. Only for servers with processors that have more than 8 cores will require additional licensing