Modernize with
Windows Server 2022

Modernize with Windows Server 2022, the cloud-ready operating system that boosts on-premises investments with hybrid capabilities. Get direct business benefits with solutions for greater datacenter efficiency, advanced multilayer security, simplified remote working, and flexible server infrastructure.

Hybrid capabilities with Microsoft Azure

Achieve greater IT efficiency by extending the datacenter to Azure using a cloud-ready operating system with hybrid capabilities.

Advanced multilayer security

Help protect business-critical data and apps at virtually every level of the business, starting with the operating system

More secure remote working

Empower remote workers with an enhanced user experience, while simplifying management for IT.

Modernized server infrastructure

Transform infrastructure and applications with flexible solutions like software-defined storage and networking and a modern app platform.

Accelerate success with Windows Server 2022

Drive profit with cloud-ready hybrid capabilities that extend the efficiency of cloud to on-premises infrastructure.

Help protect both infrastructure and intellectual property with holistic security capabilities for detecting and responding to vulnerabilities and emerging threats.

Keep workers engaged with an enhanced remote user experience that provides access to powerful features like high-performance storage and graphics.

Save time and money by equipping IT teams with streamlined tools for server management across on-premises and cloud.

Improve datacenter efficiency and enable app innovation by embracing server modernization.

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The secure 2P/1U HPE ProLiant DL160 Gen10 server delivers the right balance of performance, storage, reliability, manageability and efficiency in a dense and compact chassis.


Adaptable for diverse workloads and environments, the secure 2P/2U HPE ProLiant DL180 Gen10 delivers world-class compelling performance with the right balance of expandability and scalability.


A high-performance 1P tower optimized for growing business needs with enterprise-class features like redundancy reliability, and manageability.

Don’t forget your Client Access Licenses

Client Access Licenses (CALs) are different from Windows Server software licenses. CALs give users and devices the right to legally access a server installed with Windows Server 2022.

User CALs: Single user with unlimited devices

Device CALs: Single device with unlimited users

Additive CALs: Required for advanced server functionality

Frequently asked questions

Windows Server 2022 is built on the strong foundation of Windows Server 2019 and brings innovation in four key areas: hybrid capabilities with Microsoft Azure, advanced multilayer security, more secure remote working, and modernized server infrastructure. Taking advantage of modern hardware features, Windows Server 2022 operates as a flexible cloud-ready platform, so you can have a hybrid infrastructure that helps enable additional layers of security and uses some capabilities of Azure.

Windows Server 2022 can help you modernize your existing server infrastructure—including hardware and software—to make your business more efficient and responsive. With transformed infrastructure, you can expect to see benefits like optimized IT operations, more seamless storage migration, enhanced security controls, and streamlined management.

Windows Server 2022 with modern hardware enables multilayer security—enhanced features at nearly every level of your business to help detect, respond to, and protect against new and emerging threats. Capabilities like Secured-core server, virtualization-based security, shielded virtual machines, and privileged identities can help your business stay protected.

There are two main editions of Windows Server 2022: Standard and Datacenter. Further, Windows Server 2022 Datacenter: Azure Edition can help you use the benefits of cloud to keep your virtual machines up to date while minimizing downtime. Choose from these editions based on the size of your organization as well as your virtualization and datacenter requirements.

Core licenses are sold in packs of 2 or 16. Each processor needs to be licensed with a minimum of eight core licenses (four 2-packs). Each physical server, including single-processor servers, needs to be licensed with a minimum of 16 core licenses (eight 2-packs or one 16-pack). One core license must be assigned for each physical core on the server. Additional cores can then be licensed in increments of 2-packs or 16-packs.

Windows Server Standard and Datacenter Editions continue to require either Windows Server CALs for every user or device accessing a server (see the product terms for exceptions) or Windows Server External Connector licenses for servers accessed by external users. In addition to the base Windows Server CAL or External Connector license, some functionalities require the purchase of an Additive Access License. Examples of additional or advanced functionalities include Remote Desktop Services or Active Directory Rights Management Services.

The Azure Hybrid Benefit lets you bring your on-premises Windows Server license with Software Assurance to Microsoft Azure. Rather than paying the full price for a new Windows Server virtual machine, you will only pay the base compute rate.

Each set of 16 Windows Server core licenses with Software Assurance entitles customers to use Windows Server on Microsoft Azure on up to 16 virtual cores allocated across two or fewer Azure virtual machines. Each additional set of eight entitles use on up to eight virtual cores and one Base Instance. In other words, once a minimum initial allocation of 16 licenses with Software Assurance is made, customers can add virtual cores (up to eight) to an existing or new virtual machine with incremental sets of eight licenses. Each incremental set of eight licenses must be allocated to a single virtual machine.

With Azure Hybrid Benefit, customers can move or add incremental workloads into Azure and pay non-Windows (Linux) pricing. With Datacenter Edition licensing, customers get these lower cost instances in Azure while maintaining existing on-premises deployments. This is referred to as “dual use rights.” Standard Edition licensing provides lower cost instances in Azure but not dual use rights.

Use of Windows Server on Azure is subject to Azure Services in the product terms site. This means access to base Windows Server functionality on Azure does not require base Windows Server CALs, and customers can take advantage of the Azure hosting clause to host their own customer solutions.

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