Microsoft Windows Server 2012 is a server operating system that enables a computer to handle network roles such as print server, domain controller, web server, and file server. As a server operating system, it is also the platform for separately acquired server applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server or Microsoft SQL Server. The Standard Edition is designed for small-to-medium-sized organisations with physical or lightly virtualised server environments.
This donation provides one Standard Edition server license. Each licence allows up to two physical processors on one server and up to two virtual instances of the server software. For additional licencing information, see below.
If you have system administration experience, you can use Microsoft Windows Server to:
The Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server both use processor-based licensing, with each licence allowing up to two physical processors.
The two editions have identical features, but they differ in the number of virtual instances of the server software you are allowed to run.
Installing this product requires installation media and a licence key. The licence key allows you to use the installation media to install the product on as many computers as you have received licences for.
Expect three emails:
1. When your donation request has been approved, Connecting Up will send a message to your organization email address confirming the number of licenses you have requested.
2. Microsoft will send an email welcoming your organisation to the Volume Licencing Service Center (VLSC).
3. Connecting Up will send an email with information about managing your donation at the VLSC. If you are new to the VLSC, you should wait for this email before you register there.
Under the Software Assurance program, you have the right to install any new release of products covered in the agreement during the term of your coverage.
Actual requirements depend on system configuration and the applications and features that are installed. Additional hard-disk space might be required for installation over a network. For more information, see Installing Windows Server 2012.