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Microsoft Offers VMWare Switchers Free Windows Server 2016 Licenses

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Microsoft really wants VMWare customers to jump ship. Starting September 1, Microsoft will be offering free Windows Server 2016 Datacenter licenses to those that switch from vSphere to Hyper-V. It's part of a nine-month promotion, which will still require customers to buy the Microsoft Software Assurance volume-licensing plan.

Windows Server 2016 won't be fully released until October, but for those who want to play with the technical preview, they can get a month to do so if they make the change next week. The company says it will take the wraps off at the Ignite conference. In addition to the free licenses, users will get free online training through Microsoft Virtual Academy. The offer expires June 30, 2017.

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Microsoft also wants to help you calculate the total cost of ownership through a new calculator. You'll need to know how many virtualization hosts, procs and cores per proc.

Microsoft is running a similar promotion for those who quite Oracle in favor of SQL Server 2016, as long as they buy Software Assurance. So it's not cost-free, but it should help mitigate the cost of migration.