Licensing on SC2012


Hello,
Today I post some additional information about the licensing of the system center solution as this is one of the recurring questions on our SC workshops.
Starting from April 1st the following information is applicable :

-> There are no more licenses requried for management servers, these are part of the ML

-> No more licenses required for SQL components , these are also part of the ML

-> Licenses are only available with SA
So you only need to buy licenses for the devices that you want to manage.
There are 2 categories. You can either license client OSE or you can license server OSE.

( OSE = Operating System Environment )
Let’s start with the client.
The following licensing formules are available :

Offering Components Included
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Client ML
  • Configuration Manager
  • Virtual Machine Manager
System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Manager Client ML
  • Endpoint Protection
System Center Client Management Suite Client ML
  • Service Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Data Protection Manager
  • Orchestrator

Now for the server OSE.
The only available licensing formules are the System Center suites : Standard and Datacenter

Offering Licensed per Applicable for Components included
Standard Edition 2 CPU sockets Physical OSE + 2 Virtual OSE
  • Configuration Manager
  • Service Manager
  • Virtual Machine Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Data Protection Manager
  • Orchestrator
  • App Controller
  • Endpoint Protection
Datacenter Edition 2 CPU sockets Physical OSE + unlimited Virtual OSE
  • Configuration Manager
  • Service Manager
  • Virtual Machine Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Data Protection Manager
  • Orchestrator
  • App Controller
  • Endpoint Protection

Examples

Datacenter ML Required Standard ML Required
1 one processor non-virtualized server 1 1
1 four processor non-virtualized server 2 2
1 two processor server with 3 virtual OSE 1 2
1 four processor server with 8 virtual OSE 2 4

So in plain English the licensing will depend on the virtualization rate that you will have implemented and will probably follow your Windows Server licensing ( Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter ).
Also remember the necesarry licensing for the service manager component. This has not been modified so :

-> Item is in the CMDB

-> Item has an OSE

-> Item is an OSI Layer 4 or above device ( no licenses are required for OSI Layer 3 or below )



Also remember that there are some good deals to be made if you already licensed one of the components with SA. More information can be found in the licensing FAQ.
Additional information :
http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/7/0/870B5D9B-ACF1-4192-BD0A-543AF551B7AE/System%20Center%202012%20Licensing%20FAQ.pdf
Also never hesitate to contact you trusted advisor for additional MS licensing information as it can become a grey area from time to time.
Regs
Gino D

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2 Responses to Licensing on SC2012

  1. Rateb abu Hawieleh says:

    Dear Gino,

    Thank a lot for this great blog. I have a question regarding SCSM required Client MLs.
    you mentioned that to require Client ML the device should be in the CMDB abd also have an OSE.

    well, can to tell if the device is gonna be in the CMDB or not in order to buy the needed MLs for it?
    Though I am happy not to buy extra of additional licenses for SCSM clients I could not find the note of the device must be in the CMDB so it needs a license anywhere in MS Licensing guides.L(

    I would really be thankful if you please ellaborate more on this regard.

    Thanks in advance,
    Rateb Abu Hawieleh

  2. ginodh says:

    Dear,

    The licensing information can be found in the service manager 2010 unleashed book and is to my knowledge still applicable for service manager. If unavailable please contact Ms sales for additional info regarding required licenses.

    Kind regs

    Gino d

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