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What is Windows Server Datacenter

Windows Server Datacenter is a version of the Windows Server operating system that is optimized for datacenters.

One of the primary benefits of using Windows Server Datacenter is its ability to provide a highly available and scalable infrastructure. These facilities often have high-capacity servers, storage systems, and networking equipment that are used to host websites, applications, and other digital services. Included with Windows Server Datacenter are a variety of tools that help businesses manage and protect their datacenter environments.

Some examples include: One feature of Windows Server Datacenter is the ability to use Hyper-V to create and manage virtual machines within the datacenter. By running multiple operating systems and applications on a single physical server, businesses can save on hardware costs and improve resource utilization with virtualization. To help businesses more effectively manage their data, Windows Server Datacenter includes several storage features. You can also use the Data Deduplication feature to reduce the amount of storage space needed for your data.

Windows Server Datacenter includes various security tools to help businesses protect their datacenter environments. BitLocker, a tool for encrypting data, and Advanced Threat Analytics, a feature that helps businesses identify and prevent security threats, are both included with Windows Server Datacenter. Now that we’ve covered the main benefits of Windows Server Datacenter, let’s turn to the topic of SQL Server licensing. If you plan on using SQL Server (a database management system) with your datacenter, you will need to obtain the appropriate licenses.

There are several different licensing options available, including: Per-core licensing involves purchasing a license for each physical core on your server. This can be a cost-effective option if you have a large number of cores, but it can become expensive if you have a smaller number of cores. Server + CAL licensing: With this option, you purchase a license for each server that is running SQL Server, as well as a separate CAL (Client Access License) for each user or device that accesses the server. Server + CAL licensing may be a more suitable choice for businesses with a fluctuating number of users or devices.

For businesses using Windows Server Datacenter in an Azure cloud environment, Azure SQL Database is an option to consider. This is a fully-managed database service based on SQL Server. With this option, you pay for the resources you use, rather than purchasing individual licenses.

Lastly, let’s address the topic of Windows Server 2022 RDS CALs. If you plan on using Remote Desktop Services (RDS) with your datacenter, you’ll need to obtain RDS CALs for each user or device accessing the service. RDS CALs are sold in two versions: user CALs, which allow a single user to access the service from any device, and device CALs, which allow a single device to access the service from any user.

To make sure you are getting the proper licenses for your business, it’s essential to thoroughly consider your options and seek the advice of a licensed Microsoft partner or representative.

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