System Center 2012 Licensing

Microsoft announced the new licensing model for System Center 2012. There are some huge and very interesting changes. I’m gonna point out tho most important ones here …

  • There will be no more “single product licenses” for servers, System Center 2012 is an “all or nothing” decision where the server licenses cover the following System Center products:
    • System Center Service Manager
    • System Center Configuration Manager
    • System Center Operations Manager
    • System Center Orchestrator
    • System Center Virtual Machine Manager
    • System Center App Controller
    • System Center Data Protection Manager
    • System Center Endpoint Protection
  • No more licenses for Management Servers are needed, the only components that need licenses are managed endpoints (like systems monitored with SCOM agents or systems managed with SCCM agents)
  • All needed SQL Server licenses for System Center use are included.
  • There will be only 2 types of licenses for server components:
    • System Center Standard Server Management License – for physical servers or servers with max. 2 VMs
    • System Center Datacenter Server Management License – for unlimited VMs
    • Both suites contain the exact same server product licenses
    • Both suites are licensed per processor and every license covers 2 processors
  • For client management licensing there are 3 different offers:
    • System Center Configuration Manager
    • System Center Endpoint Protection
    • System Center Client Management Suite (SCOM, SCCM, SCO, SCDPM)
  • A transition path exists for existing licenses.

If you need more information about the new licensing model, check out this link –>

Have fun!

About Marcel Zehner

Microsoft Azure MVP
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1 Response to System Center 2012 Licensing

  1. Thanks for the great summary of the changes. This should be a great way to provide a more complete management solution.

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