Windows Server
Licensing Comparison

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Windows Server Version/Edition
Feature 2022 Standard 2022 Datacenter 2019 Standard 2019 Datacenter 2019 Essentials 2016 Standard 2016 Datacenter 2016 Essentials
Processing Power 16 core minimum 16 core minimum 16 core minimum 16 core minimum 1-2 CPU 16 core minimum 16 core minimum 1-2 CPU
CALs Per User/Device Per User/Device Per User/Device Per User/Device Per User/Device Per User/Device
VM Support 2 VMs (per fully licensed host) Unlimited 2 VMs (per fully licensed host) Unlimited 2 VMs (per fully licensed host) Unlimited
Core Functionality
Hybrid integration
OSEs/Hyper-V isolated containers 2 Unlimited 2 Unlimited 2 Unlimited
Windows Server Containers Unlimited Unlimited
Storage Migration Service
Storage Replica Limited to single Storage Replica volume up to 2TB
Software-defined networking
Software-defined storage
Host Guardian Service
Nano Server
Shielded Virtual Machines
Networking stack

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