License Check – Windows Server 2008 R2

Please see the updated product licensing model for Windows Server 2012


  1. Customers with Windows Server 2008 SA are entitled to Windows Server 2008 R2
  2. Customer with Windows Server 2008 CAL can access Windows Server 2008 R2 (no new CAL is required)

HINT You will not need CALs for:

  1. any user or device that accesses your instances of the server software only through the Internet without being authenticated or otherwise individually identified by the server software or through any other means,
  2. any of your servers licensed for and running instances of the server software,
  3. up to two devices or users to access your instances of the server software only to administer those instances, or
  4. any instance running in a physical operating system environment used solely to:
  • run hardware virtualization software
  • provide hardware virtualization services
  • run software to manage and service operating system environments on the licensed server

Please see updated Product Use Rights and Product Lists and always reference source documentation.


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