Windows Storage Server 2012

Windows Storage Server 2012 is an advanced storage and file serving solution for any size organization that offers new levels of performance and reliability on a proven and reliable server platform.

Windows Storage Server 2012 is built on the Windows Server 2012 operating system to provide a platform for Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliances. Windows Storage Server 2012 NAS appliances can help reduce the storage costs associated with building modern datacenters and private clouds. Windows Storage Server 2012 delivers excellent economics for a shared storage solution by leveraging industry standard hardware matched with robust storage capabilities. It delivers continuous availability that is designed to protect from a range of failures and prevent downtime in a scalable and reliable manner.


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Key licensing changes

  • Like Windows Server 2012: new per processor licensing model; not licensed per “server” or per “device”
  • Minimum license covers up to 2 processors CPUs and 2 virtual instances VMs
  • New Additional License (no media or product keys) SKUs introduced to increase VM density or provide additional processor coverage
  • No Windows Server 2012 Essentials edition
Edition License Coverage
Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard 2 CPUs and 2 VMs
Windows Storage Server 2012 Additional License (New) 2 CPUs and 2 VMs (no media or keys delivered with Additional License)
Windows Storage Server 2012 Workgroup 1 Processor limit (technical)


Technical Information

Estimated Installation Footprint: 8,6 GB
Recommended Partition Size: 17,5 GB