Purchasing Guidelines: Windows Licensing

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Microsoft Windows Server licenses are provided by iWeb. Customers are not permitted to supply their own licensing for Windows Servers. All new servers, including those purchased by existing customers who have previously provided their own licenses must comply with this requirement for all subsequent servers. Other Microsoft products, such as SQL Server are subject to this requirement unless covered by License Mobility with Software Assurance. License Mobility requires a validation form to be completed by customers for eligibility. Please contact Microsoft for more information. 


As of September 4, 2012 the latest available version of Windows Server is Windows Server 2012.  

To accompany the launch of the new range of Windows Server 2012 editions, Microsoft has changed the Windows server licensing agreement for service providers like iWeb (the SPLA Service Provider License Agreement). iWeb must comply with the new SPLA with immediate effect from September 4, 2012, and this affects the license requirements and costs of new orders and existing contracts. 

How does this affect your license requirements?

The new licensing affects the number, the type and the price of the licenses you need in order to use Microsoft's Windows servers. 

Changes to the type of license

In order to comply with the changes Microsoft have made to the SPLA, iWeb will now provide the following license options to new and existing customers.

  • Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition 

For existing customers, the type of license charged will change as follows: 

All Windows servers, Enterprise Edition --> Windows 2012 Standard Edition 

All Windows servers, Datacenter Edition --> Windows 2012 Datacenter Edition 

All Windows servers, Standard Edition --> Windows 2012 Standard Edition 

All Windows servers, Web Edition --> Windows 2012 Standard Edition 

NOTE: Microsoft Windows Server Licenses are provided by iWeb. Customers are not permitted to supply iWeb with their own licensing for Windows Server. 

Changes to the number of licenses required

From September 4, 2012 Microsoft calculates the number of licenses based on the number of processors in your servers plus the number of processors multiplied by the the number of  virtual machines. 

The Datacenter edition is more expensive per license but the number of licenses required does not increase with virtualization. For this reason it is advisable at the time of writing to purchase the Datacenter edition if you intend to create two or more virtual instances: 

Changes to the price of licenses

As at September 4, 2012 iWeb's prices are as follows: 

Windows Server 2012 Standard : $25 per license

Windows Server 2012 Datacenter : $75 per license

For existing iWeb customers, the effect will be as follows: 


Windows Server


  Web Edition

Windows Server


Standard Edition

  Windows Server


  Enterprise Edition

  Windows Server


Datacenter Edition

Price before September 4, 2012





Price after September 4, 2012





When will these changes take effect?

The changes to your license requirements and the licenses you hold take effect on September 4, 2012. You do not need to take any action on this date, but there may be some changes to the total of monthly invoices for existing contracts. 

In accordance with the 30-day notice period in iWeb's Terms & Conditions the changes to billing for existing arrangements take effect from October 2012 onwards. This means that months billed leading up and including September 2012 will include the old license costs, whereas months billed from October 2012 onwards will include the new license costs. 

In order to understand how your bill will be effected, we encourage you to refer to the pricing table above and your contract and billing information by logging into your account. If you have any further questions, please contact us via your account or by calling us on 1-888-909-iWEB. 

Windows Server availability and support 

For new orders

As of September 4, 2012 iWeb will no longer offer Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 for new server orders. The range of Windows servers will include: 

  • Windows Server 2012 (Standard and Datacenter editions)
  • Windows Server 2008R2 (Standard and Datacenter editions) 

For existing arrangements

iWeb's customers with existing contracts for Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 will receive support until the end of their current contract. After this time, iWeb will no longer support Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008. We will continue to support Windows Server 2008R2 and Windows Server 2012. 

Please note that when your license is updated on September 4, 2012 you are eligible to upgrade your OS to Windows Server 2012 (a reinstallation fee of $50.00 will apply). To upgrade, log on to your account or call us on 1-888-909-iWEB.


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