Windows Server 2012 R2 captures Microsoft’s experience of delivering global-scale cloud services to provide an enterprise-class server and cloud platform.

  • Optimizes performance for your most important workloads and helps to protect against service outages with robust recovery options
  • Reduces complexity and cost with comprehensive automation plus storage and netoworking virtualization solutions based on industry-standard hardware
  • Builds, runs, and scales applications that can move between your datacenter and the cloud
  • Allows you to provide your users with flexible remote access from virtually anywhere and any device while helping to protect corporate information

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The Windows Server 2012 R2 product is streamlined and simple, making it easy to choose the edition that’s right for your needs:

  • Datacenter edition for highly-virtualized private cloud environments
  • Standard edition for non-virtualized or lightly virtualized environments
  • Essentials edition for small businesses with up to 25 users running on servers with up to two processors
  • Foundation edition for small businesses with up to 15 users running on single processor servers


The price of a single license of Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter will be $6,155, as compared to $4,809 before November 1, 2013—plus the cost of a Client Access License (CAL) for every user or device connecting to the server. Datacenter allows an unlimited number of virtual machines to run on the server. Standard edition will keep its current price of $882 per processor plus the cost of CALs. Customers with current SA coverage will receive transitional licenses allowing upgrade at no additional cost for the server, though both Standard and Datacenter editions will still require a CAL for each user and device. Essentials edition supporting no more than two processors and 25 users will cost $501, but doesn’t require additional CALs. ​


The packaging and licensing structure for Windows Server 2012 R2 editions remain unchanged.

Datacenter and Standard editions are:

  • 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.

Essentials and Foundation editions are:

  • Server-based licensing model – Foundation is for single processor servers and Essentials is for either one or two processor servers.
  • CALs not required for access – Foundation comes with 15 user accounts and Essentials comes with 25 user accounts.

Review the Windows Server 2012 R2 Licensing Datasheet​ for more detailed information.