Windows Server 2019 is the operating system that bridges on-premises environments with Azure services, enabling hybrid scenarios that maximize existing investments. Increase security and reduce business risk with multiple layers of protection built into the operating system. Evolve your datacenter infrastructure to achieve greater efficiency and scale with HyperConverged Infrastructure. Enable developers and IT pros to create cloud native applications and modernize their traditional apps using containers and micro-services.
|Unique hybrid capabilities with Azure
||Advanced multi-layer security||Faster innovation for applications||Unprecedented HyperConverged|
The right edition for your organization size, datacenter, and virtualization requirements.
|Editions||Description||Licensing model||CAL requirements|
|Windows Server 2019 Datacenter
||For highly virtualized datacenters and cloud environments||Core based||WS CAL|
|Windows Server 2019 Standard||For physical or minimally virtualized environments||Core based||WS CAL|
|Windows Server 2019 Essentials||For small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices||Specialty server||No CAL required|
|Microsoft HyperV Server 2019||Free hypervisor download.||N/A||N/A|
Windows Server 2019 Datacenter and Standard editions are licensed by physical core. Licenses are sold in 2-packs and 16-packs.Minimum license requirements
- All physical cores must be licensed
- 8 core licenses per processor
- 16 core licenses per server
The Standard edition is licensed for 2 operating system environments (OSEs)¹ or Hyper-V containers. Additional OSEs require additional licenses.
Customers with Software Assurance save significantly on Azure over the cost of running Windows Server in other public clouds:What is Azure Hybrid Benefit?
A Software Assurance benefit that enables you to migrate to the cloud at huge savings. Save up to 49% on Windows Server virtual machines (VMs) by paying base compute2 rates.How do I qualify?
You qualify if you have active Software Assurance on your on-premises Windows Server licenses.3
- Datacenter is licensed for unlimited OSEs.
- Base compute equals Linux rates.
- Each Windows Server 2-processor license OR each 16-core license set is entitled to two Azure instances with up to 8 cores each, or one instance up to 16 cores. Benefit applies both to Standard and Datacenter editions. No program restrictions, i.e. benefit available irrespective of where customer buys their Azure: EA, CSP, Web direct, etc.
|Benefit||Open License||Open Value Non Company-Wide||Open Value CompanyWide and Subscription|
|Typical Size (# of devices)||5-250||5-250||5-250|
|New Version Rights|
|Step-Up Licensing Availability|
|Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack|
|Enhanced Edition Benefits|
|License Mobility Through Software Assurance|
|Windows Virtual Desktop Access Rights|
|Windows Software Assurance per User Add-on|
|Windows RT Companion VDA Rights|
|Windows To Go Use Rights|
|Windows Roaming Use Rights|
|Windows Thin PC|
|Office Roaming Use Rights|
|Office Multi-Language Pack|
|Home Use Program|
|Extended Hotfix Support|
|24x7 Problem Resolution Support|
|Back-up for Disaster Recovery|
|Passive Secondary Instance for SQL Server|
|System Center Global Service Monitor|
|Enterprise Source Licensing Program|