Windows 2016 – What you need to know…NOW

16 Jan

Happy New Year!  I thought I would write about some upcoming changes to SPLA that could drastically effect your costs.  Get your readers on and be sure to bookmark this one!  In this post I will highlight the What – How – When – but also what you can do to proactively to benefit from this change.

Windows 2016

What?  Two versions – Windows Standard and Windows Datacenter.

How?  You mean how it’s licensed?  By core.   It’s licensed by physical core and requires a minimum of 8 cores (not 4 as with SQL) per processor.

When?  My guess will be August/September timeframe.

So now that we have that out of the way, let’s review what it means for you and your business.  Early indications say that 1 core would cost roughly 1/4 of the cost of a single processor license.  There is a minimum of 8 cores that must be licensed, so there is a bit of math involved. If you can calculate the number of cores per processor it would help me calculate what your total new SPLA report would look like.

Other factors in determining your costs would be virtualization.  As with older versions, Datacenter will allow for unlimited VMs.  Are you for certain going to be migrating to Windows 2016 in the near future or are you slowly migrating to newer versions?

If you are NOT going to migrate to Windows 2016 right away and/or not going to migrate ALL your servers at once to Windows 2016, please  contact me at  There’s a reason for this and I have a few tricks up my sleeve that could really help reduce your costs.

I love licensing.  What I do best is find loopholes.  And I certainly found one here.

Thanks for reading,



Posted by on January 16, 2016 in Uncategorized


6 responses to “Windows 2016 – What you need to know…NOW

  1. Bronson Magnan

    February 17, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Do you think cloud platform suite host/guest licensing is still going to be availalbe?

    • splaman

      February 21, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      Yes, CPS will still be available 🙂

  2. Tonnie

    March 2, 2016 at 9:26 am

    So we need to license 8 cores’s per processor minium… fun to know with some nodes with 6core processors :S

    • splaman

      March 3, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Amen Tonnie. But there is a way around it. Not to be secretive, but with licensing there’s always work arounds 🙂

  3. Alan Albani

    October 27, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    You could tell me if there are plans to update the CPS, for Windows Server 2016.

    • splaman

      October 31, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      no plans my friend


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