Windows Server 2016 Licensing Is Easier With a Little Help From a Calculator

Hello,

Fortunately the industry is coming to our aid for answering questions about how many licenses you need for your 2016 Standard or Data-Center Server.

This is not a long post. I am just passing on the few methods I have ran across for getting the total licenses you need to purchase.

You can do it yourself with the Excel Download. That link is here, courtesy of Dell EMC INC.

Secondly, you have the Microsoft entry, which is also a Spread sheet, but its starts for your convenience here


Since I put a line above, I figure I need some special content, so how about a Video about the New 2016 Licensing?

Figure 1. Video on 2016 Licensing and Ramifications

If you watch the above video, you will get a good idea how useful the 2016 Licensing calculator will be. You can even use it to correct what you hear from others. some sites seem to message differently to others.

*update 7/29/2017. So I did find some other documentation (in the fine print) that tries to use 8 cores and 16 cores. So I could move as far as “the use of 8 as a starting point for processors, would not be false, but would be ambiguous” . The use of  expressing the minimum license in physical cores, does not fit in with most of the documentation, so the possibility of mis-understanding is maximized here.  So I am backing off on saying the MS blog is incorrect, but i am not changing the video because that video is lost time in my life, but second, the chart I show below is ambiguous, and serves as a good example to test the licensing calculator out. My take on that chart would not be an uncommon interpretation. See the chart from the Video below:

 

Figure 2. Ambiguous chart when compared to Licensing documentation.

 

To support where Microsoft is meaning with using 8 Processors as the starting point for a 2016 License, see this 2016 Datasheet.

This comes from Pricing and Licensing for Windows Server 2016

If you read this 2016 Datasheet  article, I think you will agree with me, that it says in black and white;  It says the you need to have a minimum of 16 Core License per server.

I am putting the fine print from the data sheet below. Do you come out thinking 8 or 16? then watch the Video. Does the MS blog look correct against these fine print Items below:

** All physical cores on the server must be licensed, subject to a minimum of 8 core licenses per physical processor and a minimum of 16 core licenses per server.

** CALs are required for every user or device accessing a server. See the Product Terms for details.

* Software Assurance is required to install and use Nano Server.

**  Pricing for Open (NL) ERP license for 16 core licenses. Actual customer prices may vary.


 

Now if you watched the Video, and saw the chart above, you probably want to see if the chart is right or wrong! Go ahead and get your calculator here !  I found a Microsoft version of the Spread Sheet. Dell and Microsoft look very similar indeed. It does say OEM windows so they may actually be the same. The 2016 Windows Server Core Calculator should be easy to find.

Enjoy reading and have a great Day!

If you want to get into the changes from old until now, or you want to get into the philosophy of why this change, you can look for some opinions and facts online. I found a pretty good one here, which i used for my own knowledge. The link here is from the Tech-net Blog and it is something you should go though and understand. Go ahead and correct it with the Calculator, and you can see how the 2016 License is going to affect how you purchase your Operating System.  Enjoy correcting your price projections!

Louis

 

 

Microsoft Licensing Issues may Require a Tool Called MGADiag or the Web Version of Genuine Microsoft Advantage!

Good day,

 

A friend of mine hit me up looking for an application called MGADiag. Wow what an old tool!! But yes, I still have a copy.

I sent it to him. After review, I decided not to include a copy to this article. I did post a link to it, but i want to let people know

they should really look a the new web based tool.(Here) The new tool does not do the same thing, at first glance. but on further review, the

web page relies on a plugin, which seemingly collects similar information.

We don’t have much choice on newer Systems. Just look at figure 1. MGADIAG doesn’t work too well with Windows 10.  Other tabs have worse errors, but some tabs work OK.  .

 

Figure 1.

Reason for most failures

Hey, In its time, this was a great tool. It collected a lot of the licensing information, all in a few tabs. Great for Windows XP and maybe Vista and Windows 7. Beyond that, let the caveat emptor!

It looks like MGADiag was retired for a reason. So my evaluation of MGADiag in 2017 is its in need of a re-vamp

Well the revamp is basically this article and the web tool. here.

Basically there is a 90% chance your activation issue is captured in this simple document ( here). Did you activate the key from this server already? One License equals one machine. These are basic Tenants, that will tell you if you are genuine or not.

So My Licensing is really Broke

If everything checks out against the article, then go ahead and check licensing with the Genuine Advantage Web tool. If that checks out, then you can check with MS.

What to do about Activation (MS)

If you end up with MS, Microsoft, where you are not in the wrong, you should use standard procedures to get activation and license issues fixed.  So lets get that out of the way.

So you can just do the right thing. Just go to a command line and type  SLUI 3 or SLUI 4. This is command line activation and Voice Activation. When the Voice Activation answers the phone, you will be made to explain why you think your license is genuine. This may require a supervisor. Only the supervisors apparently have the information to make a determination, or perhaps, only the supervisors have the ability to fix a wrong determination in their job description.

So here is the thing. Microsoft can see all license keys. they can see if they are activated. So your story needs to explain why a license would be activated in their system. If your story makes sense, and you don’t mind a deactivation to activate your machine, or multiple activation’s are justified for the key you are using, they will generally make good on your license. .

To conclude, we have MGADiag, Genuine Advantage website, and we have SLUI as tools we can use to work on licensing issues.

But Be careful! MGADiag is no longer a public MS download

For example, look at this link, its wrapped in another application completely! Beware!

Here is the Newer tool, in all its glory:

 

and Finally, Another Blog example of the basic activation steps as they have not changed much over the years

 

Louis Reeves