Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 from HPE: Bringing together the

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Microsoft Windows Server
2012 R2 from HPE
Bringing together the world’s leading server
hardware and software
Greater value
With Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2,
you receive significant value from seven key
Server virtualization—New levels
of performance and cross-platform
Storage—High performance and
resiliency at a fraction of the cost
Networking—Hybrid networking
with breakthrough levels of flexibility
and performance
Server management and
automation—Increased management
efficiency for your diverse data center
Web and application platform—Modern
applications built and deployed to scale
on-premise and in the cloud
Access and information protection—
Consistent and flexible user access to
corporate resources while protecting
data behind the firewall
Virtual desktop infrastructure—Enjoy
excellent performance, easy deployment,
and cost-effectiveness
HPE and Microsoft solutions
Built on a tradition of excellence
As strategic partners and industry leaders for nearly 30 years, HPE and Microsoft® combine
the intelligence of HPE ProLiant Gen9—the world’s most self-sufficient servers—with the
virtualization and scalability of Microsoft Windows Server® 2012 R2. Together, our integrated
hardware and software solutions automate the IT lifecycle, accelerate workloads, optimize
energy, and help assure availability to deliver the applications your business demands today
and leverage the cloud-based models of the future.
Getting better every time
As the latest release of the industry-leading server operating system, Windows Server 2012
R2 captures Microsoft’s experience in delivering global-scale cloud services to provide an
enterprise-class server and cloud platform.
With Windows Server 2012 R2, you can optimize the performance of your most important
workloads, as well as protect against service outages by using robust recovery options. To reduce
complexity and cost, you can take advantage of comprehensive automation capabilities, as well as
storage and networking virtualization technologies built directly into Windows Server 2012 R2.
Running on industry-standard HPE hardware, Windows Server 2102 R2 enables you to build, run,
and scale applications that can move between your data center and the cloud. And, to support
your mobile workforce, Windows Server 2012 R2 provides flexible remote access from virtually
anywhere and any device, while helping to safeguard corporate information behind your firewall.
Taking you to the cloud and beyond
Working as a collaborative team, HPE and Microsoft go beyond delivering the Windows Server
2012 R2 operating system—taking you all the way to the Microsoft Private Cloud. Offering
much more than a great cloud operating system and simplified systems management, HPE and
Microsoft also provide:
• Robust infrastructure that delivers proven performance and helps assure the most efficient
use of your valuable compute, storage, and networking resources.
•Support for faster private cloud deployments with less risk. Together, HPE and Microsoft complete
upfront solution design work; remove the burden of time-consuming racking, stacking, and cabling;
and see that your private cloud environment is implemented correctly.
• Strategic path to the private cloud, helping you realize the benefits of cloud computing
incrementally, without disrupting existing IT services or creating massive cost overruns.
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HPE ProLiant Gen9 server portfolio
Depending on your needs, you can run
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 on most
HPE ProLiant Gen9 servers—rack servers,
blades, MicroServer, and scale-out clusters.
Why choose Windows Server 2012 R2
There are many reasons to choose the latest
version of Windows Server, but these top the list:
industry-leading support for 64-node
clusters and 8,000 virtual machines
(VMs) per cluster
Simple and cost-effective—Flexible
guest clustering options for file and
block storage with shared virtual hard
disk format (VHDX) files that preserve
dynamic memory, live migration, and
storage live migration for VMs
VM portability between Windows
Server and Windows Azure without
the need for VM conversion
User-centric—Consistent in-box
Windows experience for remote
users from practically anywhere on
any device
HPE ProLiant server certification and support for
Windows Server 2012 R2
Get the information you need
To learn about HPE certifications for HPE ProLiant MicroServer, ML, DL, SL, and BL servers,
please search the ProLiant Family webpage at: You can also view the
HPE ProLiant Operating System Support Matrix at: You can find
driver downloads by going to: and entering your server name. This link
provides a path for downloading drivers for HPE ProLiant servers by product family and server
series. Once you locate the exact server, you will find the Windows Server 2012 R2 drivers
available for download. You can also find drivers by clicking on the server name in the
HPE ProLiant Operating System Support Matrix.
Windows Server 2012 R2 OEM offerings from HPE
OEM licenses for Windows Server 2012 R2 from HPE are available worldwide in several
languages. You can purchase these licenses directly from HPE or through your local
HPE authorized reseller.
The HPE OEM license program is designed for small- to medium-sized businesses requiring the
Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system with their preferred choice of HPE ProLiant server.
For specific part numbers, please visit: and click the QuickSpecs
link. When you purchase directly from HPE or an HPE authorized reseller, you can select
whether or not the operating system is preinstalled; OS media is included with the server.
When you purchase from your local HPE authorized reseller, the OEM license is also available
in the form of the Windows Server 2012 R2 Reseller Option Kit (HPE ROK). With HPE ROK,
the reseller affixes the certificate of authenticity (COA) label to your server and can provide
installation and configuration services with your ProLiant system purchase. A primary benefit
of the HPE OEM/HPE ROK licenses is your ability to place one call for end-to-end support. For
more information about this purchase option visit:
When the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system is shipped preinstalled, the COA label
is affixed to your server and the operating system is enhanced and integrated with the latest
ProLiant system value-added software, drivers, tools, and utilities. The final installation process
to customize your settings takes as little as 20 minutes; when that is complete, your system will
be up and running. Preinstalled operating systems install quickly, and are easy to buy. Recovery
media on DVD is included with the server. For HPE documentation relating to these products,
When the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system is not preinstalled, the COA label is affixed
to your server and the operating system media is included with the server. You can find
supporting documentation at:
When buying a HPE OEM or HPE ROK license for Windows Server 2012 R2, you can also
purchase the software and product keys for eligible downgrade versions of Windows Server.
These items are available from HPE for the cost of media and handling. This option is useful if
you want to move legacy workloads to a virtual machine on a new HPE ProLiant Gen9 server.
See “Downgrading Windows Server 2012 R2 OEM licenses from HPE” for more details.
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Table 1: Windows Server 2012 R2 minimum hardware requirements
HPE Support Services
HPE Software Technical Support provides
remote software support services for
Windows Server 2012 R2. With HPE Software
Technical Support, your IT staff receives fast
and reliable access to HPE Global Support
Centers. HPE technical resources work with
your IT team to provide advice on software
features and use problem diagnosis and
resolution, software defect identification, and
access to patches.
This service also provides electronic access to
comprehensive support information, allowing
any member of your IT staff to locate essential
product and support information.
HPE Software Technical Support for Windows
Server 2012 R2 is available from HPE via
multiple contact methods, including electronic
media and telephone. HPE Software Technical
Support includes assistance with:
24x7 access to technical resources—
Connect with Global Solution Center
engineers via telephone, electronic
communication, or fax for assistance
in resolving software implementation,
or operations problems. Service is
available around the clock every day,
including all holidays.
Problem analysis and resolution—
HPE Services provide corrective
support to resolve identifiable and
reproducible software product
problems, and to help you identify
problems that are difficult to reproduce.
You can also receive assistance in
troubleshooting problems and setting
configuration parameters.
Software features and operational
support—HPE provides information
on the latest product features and
known problems and solutions, plus
operational advice and assistance.
Escalation management—Established
escalation procedures enlist specialized
expertise from HPE and Microsoft.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation
Limited to one
Up to two
Up to two processors and two
concurrent VMs per license;
additional licenses can be added
for more processors1 or VMs6
Up to two processors per license
with unlimited concurrent VMs
on those processors; additional
licenses can be added for more
Min. CPU requirement
1.4 GHz 64-bit 1.4 GHz 64-bit
1.4 GHz 64-bit
1.4 GHz 64-bit
64-bit RAM standard
and maximum
2 GB/32 GB
2 GB/64 GB
2 GB/unlimited
(16 recommended)
2 GB/unlimited
Error-correcting code
Network interface card
Multiple NICs
Multiple NICs
Multiple NICs supported;
recommend Gigabit
(10/100/1000 BASE-T)
Ethernet adapter
Multiple NICs supported;
recommend Gigabit
(10/100/1000 BASE-T)
Ethernet adapter
Internal optical bay
drive allowed
Storage required
32 GB3
160 GB with a 60 GB 32 GB4
system partition
32 GB5
Yes; Super VGA (1024 x 768) or
higher resolution monitor
Yes; Super VGA (1024 x 768) or
higher resolution monitor
Keyboard, mouse
Windows Server 2012 R2 volume license from HPE
Microsoft volume licensing offers customized programs designed to meet the needs of your
business, tailored to the size and preference of your company. A volume license is available from
HPE at or Microsoft authorized resellers.
Procuring Windows Server 2012 R2 OEM licenses from HPE
Windows Server 2012 R2 is available in four editions:
•Datacenter Edition—Designed for highly virtualized private cloud environments
Electronic software information—
Access HPE’s electronic support facility
including symptom-solution database,
product descriptions, specifications,
technical literature, and more.
For more information visit:
•Standard Edition—Designed for low-density or non-virtualized environments
•Essentials Edition—Designed for small businesses with up to 25 users running on servers
with up to two processors
•Foundation Edition—Designed for small businesses with up to 15 users running on
single-processor servers
HPE authorized resellers can purchase customer offerings, as well as the Reseller Option Kit
(HPE ROK) from HPE authorized distributors. Please visit:
Windows Server 2012 R2 has some licensing changes from Windows Server 2012:
Up to the maximum number of physical processors
supported by the ProLiant server model
1, 2 For systems with 16 GB+ RAM, more
disk space will be required
3, 4, 5 WS Standard Additional Licenses can be sold after
point of sale (APOS). They also include the ability to
reassign the license rights to another server with a
WS2012 or WS2012 R2 Standard Base License
6 •Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter Editions
––These editions are differentiated only by virtualization rights
ààDatacenter offers unlimited virtualization and two CPUs per license. Datacenter additional
licenses can be added to license more processors, must be sold with a ProLiant Server
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Microsoft Software Assurance
We help you get the most from your software
investment by combining the latest software
with 24x7 phone support, partner services,
training, and IT tools. When you purchase
Software Assurance (SA) within 90 days
of your OEM license purchase, your license
is transitioned to a volume license with
additional benefits. For more information
please visit:
aspx. You can purchase SA directly from
HPE Software Licensing Management
Services (HPE SLMS) or your local Hewlett
Packard Enterprise authorized reseller.
SA is only available for the latest version of
Microsoft products.
To find answers to questions about running
Windows Server 2012 R2 on HPE ProLiant
Servers, contact your HPE representative or
visit the following websites:
HPE’s offerings of Windows
Server 2012 R2 products
HPE ProLiant server support for
Windows Server
HPE ProLiant servers
HPE Software Support Services
ààStandard offers two virtual instances and two CPUs per license. Standard additional licenses can
be added to license more processors or VM’s, Standard additional licenses include expanded
licensing rights (1) available for purchase after point of sale (APOS) and (2) the ability to
reassign the license rights to another server with a WS2012 or WS2012 R2 base license
ààBoth editions require the additional purchase of Windows Server 2012 Client Access
Licenses (CALs) for every user or device that accesses or uses the server software
––Common licensing structure
ààBoth editions have a processor and CAL licensing model
ààEach software license covers up to two physical processors on a single server
ààMore than one license can be purchased for a server to support additional CPUs and/or
more concurrent VMs
––Common features across both editions
ààHigh availability features such as failover clustering
––New Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter with reassignment licensing rights
ààThese Part Numbers must be sold with a new ProLiant Server and are a great option as
they allow customers to reassign the OS license to another server for any reason (hardware
failure, maintenance, upgrade, etc.)
Memory and processor capabilities are the same across editions
Downgrading Windows Server 2012 R2 OEM licenses from HPE
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter Editions have the right to downgrade the
software to use prior versions or lower editions. The ability to downgrade does not change
the licensing or support terms for using the product; the purchased product rights apply. This
means the license will continue to cover two physical processors and the virtualization rights
do not change. In addition, the CAL corresponding to the purchased version will apply as an
exception; if you are running a previous version of one of the eligible downgrades you can use
the corresponding CAL version if one exists.
Please refer to the Downgrade Rights information here to learn about options that can be
fulfilled by Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Learn more at
HPE cannot provide downgrade media or keys for Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
with reassignment rights part numbers per Microsoft policy. Downgrade rights for these part
numbers are limited to media and keys the customer already owns.
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