Simplified Licensing in System Center 2012

by Shijaz Abdulla on 18.01.2012 at 07:48

Yesterday, Microsoft announced System Center 2012.

I am pleased to see that licensing has been greatly simplified in System Center 2012 without compromising on value and by increasing scalability – more power to the customer!

System Center 2012 maximizes your private cloud value while simplifying purchasing. This is achieved by:

  • Private Cloud Value – Maximizing cloud capacity with unlimited virtualization
  • Simple Licensing – Delivering a consistent, easy-to-manage model
  • Consistent Capabilities – Every license includes all private cloud features.

The licensing changes at a glance:

  • No more console licenses. Console licenses (with SQL Runtime) are included with the System Center Standard or Datacenter licenses.
  • No more standalone server management licenses.
  • Both the Standard and the Datacenter licenses include server management licenses for all 8 System Center components. The 8 components are:
    • Operations Manager
    • Configuration Manager
    • Data Protection Manager
    • Service Manager
    • Virtual Machine Manager
    • Orchestrator (formerly Opalis)
    • Endpoint Protection (formerly Forefront Endpoint Protection)
    • App Controller (new product)


  • Both Standard & Datacenter Edition are on a processor-based model. Each single System Center license (Standard or Datacenter) covers 2 processors on the host machine.
    • Standard Edition allows a maximum of 2 Operating System Environments (OSEs)
    • Datacenter Edition allows unlimited OSEs.
    • A single license cannot be ‘split’ between multiple hosts. (Example: A single Standard Edition license which supports 2 processors cannot be ‘split’ between two 1-processor servers)
  • Software Assurance is included with all licenses.
  • Client Management licenses are still required for client machines being managed by System Center (non-Server OSEs).

Here are some licensing examples based on the new scheme:


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