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Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2012 R2 allows a computer to act as a print, web, and/or file server. It is also used as a domain controller capable of responding to security authentication requests like logging in, permission checking, and more. In addition, Server Standard can serve as the platform for other server applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server or Microsoft SQL Server (purchased separately). The Standard Edition is perfect for small or medium non-profit organizations with physical or lightly virtualized environments.
You will be purchasing one license. Each license is good for two physical processors on the server and up to two virtual instances of the server software. For additional licensing information, review the 'Licensing' information below.
Use Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2012 R2 to:
By purchasing Windows Server Standard 2012 R2, you are also eligible to install up to two versions prior of the application at no additional cost (i.e. you can install Windows Server Standard 2008 or 2003). Installing previous versions will remove the per processor/per core licensing requirement seen below.
The minimum number of licenses required is determined by the number of physical processors. Each license covers up to two physical processors per server. For a dual core machine, you will need one license; for a quad core machine, you will need two.
Each Server Standard license allows you to run two instances of the server software in a virtual environment. Multiple Standard edition licenses can be combined to run additional virtual environments. Additional virtual instances can be added by purchasing additional server licenses; two virtual instances are added per license.