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Microsoft Windows and Application Server Software for Departments

The Microsoft packages listed below are available for purchase by University departments.

Purchase

Learn how to purchase a license for this software.

License Use

Be advised: Purchase and use of Microsoft server software requires a current Microsoft Campus Agreement for your department.

One license for each "server" product must be purchased for each machine on which it is installed. A database server, for example, will need one license each for Windows Server and SQL Server.

The Microsoft Campus Agreement includes most Client Access Licenses (CALs) for server products. This includes Windows Server, SharePoint Server, Office Communications Server, System Center, SQL Server* for Faculty and Staff, and ForeFront Security.

Departments must understand the Product Use Rights, Microsoft's restrictions on how the software can be used.

Microsoft Windows and Application Server Software Product List

Product Operating Systems Personal Purchase by Faculty & Staff Departmental Purchase Annual Maintenance Renewal Date Media Cost Available through Software Download Service
Cost Includes Home Use Rights

Windows 2016 Standard Server 16 cores

Windows

Not Available

$197

No

Does not expire

$5

No

Windows 2016 Standard Server 20 cores

Windows

Not Available

$246

No

Does not expire

$5

No

Windows 2016 Standard Server 24 cores

Windows

Not Available

$296

No

Does not expire

$5

No

Windows 2016 Data Center Server 16 cores

Windows

Not Available

$1,372

No

Does not expire

$5

No

Windows 2016 Data Center Server 20 cores

Windows

Not Available

$1,715

No

Does not expire

$5

No

Windows 2016 Data Center Server 24 cores

Windows

Not Available

$2,058

No

Does not expire

$5

No

Project 2016 Server

Windows

Not Available

$1,264

No

Does not expire

$5

No

Project 2016 Server CALs Windows Not Available $39 No Does not expire N/A No

With Windows Server 2016, Microsoft has modified the available licensing options. The new licensing model is as follows:

  • The licensing model for Windows Server Standard and Datacenter will change to Core + CAL with version 2016.
  • All physical cores in the server must be licensed.
  • A minimum of 8 Core licenses are required for each physical processor in the server.
  • A minimum of 16 Core licenses are required for servers with one processor.
  • Core licenses will be sold in packs of two.

Both editions provide the same feature sets; the only difference is in the number of virtual machines permitted.

Microsoft SQL Server Software Product List

Product Operating Systems Personal Purchase by Faculty & Staff Departmental Purchase Annual Maintenance Renewal Date Media Cost Available through Software Download Service
Cost Includes Home Use Rights

SQL Server 2016 Standard

Windows

Not Available

$202

No

Does not expire

$5

No

SQL Server 2016 Standard (2 Cores) Windows Not Available $804 No Does not expire $5 No

SQL Server 2016 Enterprise (2 Cores)

Windows

Not Available

$3,081

No

Does not expire

$5

No

Client Access Licenses (CALs) (per user or device)

Windows

Not Available

$48

No

Does not expire

N/A

No

The available license options are now per server + client access licenses (CALs) and core.

The server + CAL licensing model provides the option to license users and/or devices and then have low cost access to incremental SQL Server deployments. In this model, you would purchase the less expensive sans core SQL Server license and then also purchase CALs for any users need them. This model is unchanged from previous versions of SQL Server. This is typically used for University faculty and staff where the CALs are already covered by a current Microsoft Campus Agreement. In a faculty and staff-only environment, or an environment where specific students/external users or their devices can be identified, only a traditional server license needs to be purchased.

Core based licensing provides a more precise measure of computing power and a more consistent metric, regardless of whether solutions are installed on physical servers or in virtual environments.

The Core licenses are licensed in pairs (for example, a 4 core processor would need 2 licenses, a 6 core processor would need 3 licenses, and so forth). In a virtual environment, a minimum of 4 cores – two licenses – are required per virtual machine (VM).

Students and external users are not covered by the Campus Agreement. Any SQL server that is accessible, either directly or indirectly through a service (for example, a Web site writing information to a database), by students or the world must be purchased as a Core license.

Core

  • Includes CALs.
  • Per physical CPU core.
  • Virtual environments may be licensed per core with a minimum of 4 cores per VM.
  • Recommended for services that support students or non-University users.

Server+CAL

  • Require purchasing CALs.
  • Can purchase either user or device CALs.
  • Faculty and Staff are covered under a current Microsoft campus agreement. Purchase and renewal of this agreement is not optional if SQL Server usage is desired.

Client Access Licenses

  • Needed for non-core SQL Server licenses.
  • Can purchase either device or user CALs.
  • Each user or device must be uniquely identifiable.

Additional Information

This software is not available through the Software Download Service at My Pitt. Faculty should be aware that students cannot acquire this software through Software Distribution Services; however, some titles are available for use in Student Computing Labs. Visit the Microsoft Web site for complete product information.