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Can anybody give me a fairly straight answer to the question "How much does a server management license cost?"

 

Case 1: All metal servers >100

Case 2: All VM servers >100

 

SA Enterprise, and not counting the cost of the licensing for the CM-servers. My management keep repeating that each license is gonna cost us north of 1000$, and I cannot find a clear answer anywhere.

 

 

Thank you!

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This is not a question that can easily be answer in the forums. Your best bet is to contact your MS licensing specialist and talk to them. But as a general rule you will not have to pay anything for VMs.

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Thank you for shedding a little light :D
I realised this is not a simple question, but I'm confused as to why it's so hard to figure out a rough price. I've sent a request to our licensing partners, but they keep telling me the price for the SCCM servers :P

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Ref: http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/1/1/11128EC7-2BE7-480C-9D46-4ECECA9E481A/System%20Center%202012%20Licensing%20Datasheet.pdf

 

As I understand it, one System Center license is required for every two virtual servers to be managed, and the terms are far more generous for server-hosted VMs. For example, if you have one big server with 50 VMs accessed remotely, that’s on the low end of pricing ($3,607 retail according to the pricing datasheet above); however, if you have 50 PCs running server OS individually, that’s on the high end of pricing ($33,075 according to the datasheet). Client OS pricing is similar but is done 'per each' rather than 'per two physical CPU', but due to usually having far more clients than servers the price can be much less when contracted. The pricing for Software Assurance and so forth adds to the dynamic.

 

Only a Microsoft licensing specialist can give you the real answer.

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