Windows Server 2012 is the first version of Windows Server that does not have a an edition for Itanium-based systems.
Customers who currently have licenses under Software Assurance (SA) for an earlier version of Windows Server on Itanium-based systems often have questions about how the SA works for future versions.
I found some guidance in the October 2012 Products List document, from which I will paste below:
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium Based Systems
License grants associated with end of life of Windows Server for Itanium Based Systems: Windows Server 2008 R2 will be the last version of Windows Server for Itanium Based Systems. Volume licensing customers with active Software Assurance for Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium Based Systems licenses on September 1, 2012 or as of the date of first availability of Windows Server 2012 for download on the Volume Licensing Service Center, whichever is earlier, (“Qualifying Licenses”) will be permitted to upgrade to and use Windows Server 2012 Datacenter software in place of Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium Based Systems. To facilitate this upgrade, for every two Qualifying Licenses the customer has, the customer will be deemed to be granted one Windows Server 2012 Datacenter processor license upon availability of Windows Server 2012.
- If a customer has an odd number of Qualifying Licenses then the customer will need to round down to the nearest even number to determine its grant. For example, a customer that has three Qualifying licenses will be deemed to be granted a total of one Windows Server 2012 Datacenter license.
- Licenses acquired under this grant include Software Assurance coverage. Such coverage expires when the corresponding coverage on the Qualifying Licenses expires.
- If customers acquired perpetual rights to use software under Qualifying Licenses, the licenses acquired under this grant are likewise perpetual; otherwise, licenses acquired under this grant expire when the underlying Qualifying Licenses would have expired.
- Upon upgrade to Windows Server 2012 Datacenter under this grant, the customer’s existing Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium Based Systems Qualifying Licenses are no longer will be valid.
- Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium Based Systems licenses subsequently acquired under the same enrollment term as part of an Enterprise, Enterprise Subscription, Open Value Subscription or EES customer’s scheduled true-up process are also Qualifying Licenses for purposes of the foregoing grant.
- Notwithstanding the grant of Windows Server 2012 Datacenter licenses, and any upgrade to that version, obligations to pay amounts due and owing for the Qualifying Licenses and coverage remain in full force and effect.