Windows Server 2012 Editions

Here you find a quick overview over the available editions

EditionPurposeFeaturesPOSE InstancesVOSE InstancesRetailVolume LicensingOEMLicensingRAM-Limit
Windows Server 2012 FoundationSmall companies, which do not want to use virtualization technology and only need basic funtionalityBasic server functionality. No virtualization.10NoNoYesServer which is limited to 15 user accounts32 GB RAM
Windows Server 2012 EssentialsSmall companiesEasy GUI, some prededfined connectivity to Microsoft cloud solutions. No virtualization, but can be runed virtualizised.1 (POSE or VOSE)1 (POSE or VOSE)YesYesYesServer which is limited to 25 user accounts64 GB RAM
Windows Server 2012 StandardCompanies which want to use a “little” virtualizationComplete functionality with two virtual instances12YesYesYesServer & cal needed4 TB RAM
Windows Server 2012 DatacenterHigh virtualizised private & hybrid cloudComplete functionality with any virtual instances1UnlimitedNoYesYesServer & cal needed4 TB RAM

POSE – Physical operating system environment
VOSE – Virtual operating system environment


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