Windows Server 2022 Standard vs Datacenter

In this post, you will learn more about Windows Server 2022 Standard vs Datacenter. We will cover different aspects of these server versions, such as features, differences and much more. We get a lot of questions about these two versions, so the answers to your questions will be in this post. Do not hesitate to contact us, if you still have questions after reading this article.

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What is Windows Server 2022 Datacenter?
A Windows server allows your computers to work and function in the best possible way. This server is the more advanced version of the two servers on this blog. It is also most used by medium and large businesses. This server is often chosen for viewing because. It allows you to place an infinite amount of VMs on a physical host. This is a very big advantage of Windows Server 2022 Datacenter. The license is perpetual, meaning you can use it for life if you want. However, you will need to consider Microsoft support end dates, and whether you wish to upgrade to a newer version. Windows Server 2022 Datacenter includes:

All basic features of Windows Server 2022
Storage Replica
1 Hyper-V host
An unlimited number of virtual machines
Storage Spaces Direct
Armored virtual machines
Hyper-V Host Guardian Support
Software-defined networking

What is Windows Server 2022 Standard?
Windows Server 2022 Standard is the base version of Windows Server 2022. It is mainly used by small and medium-sized businesses. To gain access to the server, you will need CALs. The license is perpetual, meaning you can use it for life if you wish. However, you will need to consider Microsoft support end dates, and whether you want to get a newer version. Windows Server 2022 Standard includes:

All basic features of Windows Server 2022
1 Hyper-V host
2 virtual machines

The differences between Windows Server 2022 Standard and Datacenter:
You may have already seen some of the differences in the text above. Windows Server 2022 Standard offers significantly fewer features compared to Datacenter. For example, Standard only offers two virtual machines, while Datacenter offers an unlimited number. Likewise, Datacenter offers features such as Storage Replica, Storage Spaces Direct, and Software Defined Networking.

Do I need CALs on my server?
Yes, you need CALs on your Windows 2022 server, whether standard or Datacenter. You Will Need either User CAL or Device CAL. If you do not purchase a CAL for your server, you will not have access to it.

Do I Need User CAL or Device CAL?
We get this question quitte often. The answer to this question depends on two factors: the number of devices and users you have in your company. If you have more devices than users, for example 28 devices and 19 users, User CALs are the solution. If you have more users than devices, for example 32 users and 17 devices, Device CALs are the solution. Look at the image below to see another example:

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