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Windows Server Standard is a server operating system that enables a computer to handle network roles such as print server, domain controller, web server, and file server. As a server operating system, it is also the platform for separately acquired server applications such as Exchange Server or SQL Server. The Standard edition is designed for small-to-medium-sized organisations with physical or lightly virtualised server environments.
This donation provides two core licenses for Windows Server Standard. Windows Server requires a minimum of 8 core licenses for each physical processor and a minimum of 16 core licenses for each server. The Standard edition allows up to two virtual instances of the server software when all cores on the server are licensed. For additional licensing information, see the Guide to Windows Server Editions and Licensing.
You can choose to download the current version or the previous version of this software. You can find out which version is the current one in the Microsoft Title Groups document. In addition, you can download the software in any language that's available.
If you have system administration experience, you can use Windows Server to:
Installing this product requires you to download the software from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Centre (VLSC) and enter a license key. You can download any available version or language for your product.
The license key allows you to install the product on as many computers as you have received licenses for. This quantity is specified in the email you receive from tt-exchange after you request this product.
Expect two emails:
Under the Software Assurance programme, you have the right to install any new release of products covered in the agreement during the term of your coverage.
This programme is currently available only to eligible UK Registered Charities
Products will be distributed to eligible organisations only, not to individuals, and within the Microsoft Guidelines.
Organisations which provide the following types of services MAY be eligible to receive Microsoft donations through this programme:
Additional types of organisations MAY be eligible to receive Microsoft donations through this programme, including:
The following types of organisations are NOT eligible to receive Microsoft donations through this programme:
Provided an organisation meets the Eligibility Criteria for the Microsoft Software Donations Programme, donation requests can be made in line with the following entitlement guidelines:
• During its two-year cycle, an organisation can request products from up to 10 title groups.
• For title groups that contain desktop products, server products that use core-based licensing, or license-only products (like CALs), there is a 50-product maximum.
• For server products that do not use core-based licensing, there is a five-product maximum, regardless of title group.
Please see Microsoft Software Donations Programme FAQs for further information.