Windows Server 2016 Core Licensing Calculator

HPE OEM Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition

Datacenter Edition includes unlimited virtual instances of the operating system environment (VMs / OSEs) and Hyper-V Containers on the licensed physical server.

Licensing Requirements:
  • All physical cores in the Server must be licensed (Hyperthreading (SMT) does not count as actual physical cores)
  • A minimum of 8 cores must be licensed for each processor
  • A minimum of 16 cores must be licensed for each Server
Licensing Calculator
Input number of physical processors in the server processor(s)
Input number of physical cores per processor noted above physical cores per processor
  Total of 0 cores need to be licensed
License Requirements
Base License Required  
Windows Server® 2016 Datacenter (16 core) 0
Additional Cores To Be Licensed 0
Additional Licenses Required for Compliance  
Windows Server® 2016 Datacenter Additional License (16 core) 0
Windows Server® 2016 Datacenter Additional License (4 core) 0
Windows Server® 2016 Datacenter Additional License (2 core) 0
Additional Notes
  • Additional Licenses do not include media or product key. They leverage the media and product key included within the Base License.
  • The number of 'Required' licenses are suggested. The actual combination of required licenses are at the discretion of the Partner, so long as the minimum core licensing requirements are met.
  • This calculator is for informational purposes only and is subject to change. It cannot be considered a source of definitive licensing guidance. Product licensing, program licensing, and business rules are subject to change.
HPE OEM Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition

Standard Edition includes up to two (2) virtual instances of the operating system environment (VMs / OSEs) or up to two (2) Hyper-V Containers when all physical cores in the Server are licensed. For every two (2) additional OSEs or Hyper-V Containers, all the cores in the Server must be licensed again.

Licensing Requirements:
  • All physical cores in the Server must be licensed (Hyperthreading (SMT) does not count as actual physical cores)
  • A minimum of 8 cores must be licensed for each processor
  • A minimum of 16 cores must be licensed for each Server
Licensing Calculator
Input number of physical processors in the server processor(s)
Input number of physical cores per processor noted above physical cores per processor
  Total of 0 cores need to be licensed
License Requirements
Base License Required  
Windows Server® 2016 Standard (16 core) 0
Additional Cores To Be Licensed 0
Additional Licenses Required for Compliance  
Windows Server® 2016 Standard Additional License APOS (16 core) 0
Windows Server® 2016 Standard Additional License APOS (4 core) 0
Windows Server® 2016 Standard Additional License APOS (2 core) 0
To License Additional Virtual Machines (VM's)  
Note: 2 VMs are included in the Standard Base License once all physical cores are properly licensed.
VM's included when all cores are licensed 2
Additional VM's desired
Total VM's 0
Additional cores required to license additional VM's 0
Note: Additional VMs/OSEs can be added in increments of 2 VMs/OSEs by re-licensing the total number of cores in the Server
Additional Core Licenses Required  
Windows Server® 2016 Standard Additional License APOS (16 core) 0
Windows Server® 2016 Standard Additional License APOS (4 core) 0
Windows Server® 2016 Standard Additional License APOS (2 core) 0
Additional Notes
  • After Point of Sale (APOS) Licenses can be sold with or without a server. Standard Additional APOS Licenses can also be reassigned to another server with a Windows Server 2016 Standard Base License.
  • Additional APOS Licenses do not include media or product key. They leverage the media and product key included within the Base License.
  • The number of 'Required' licenses are suggested. The actual combination of Required licenses are at the discretion of the Partner, so long as the minimum core licensing requirements are met.
  • This calculator is for informational purposes only and is subject to change. It cannot be considered a source of definitive licensing guidance. Product licensing, program licensing, and business rules are subject to change.