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 :
|System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Client ML||
|System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Manager Client ML||
|System Center Client Management Suite Client ML||
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||
|Datacenter Edition||2 CPU sockets||Physical OSE + unlimited Virtual OSE||
|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 :
Also never hesitate to contact you trusted advisor for additional MS licensing information as it can become a grey area from time to time.