Microsoft Windows Server 2022 Buyer's Guide

Microsoft Windows Server 2022 Buyer's Guide

Microsoft Windows Server 2022 what you need to know


Buying Windows Server 2022 products can be a bit of a challenge. There are so many different Windows Server 2022 editions, and each one has its own set of features.


To make it easier for you to find the perfect server for your business and needs, we have created this Windows Server 2022 buyer's guide!


Here you will find detailed information about each Windows Server 2022 edition, as well as what they offer and their differences.


We hope that with this buyer's guide, you will be able to buy the best Windows server solution possible, without any hassle!


What is Windows Server 2022?


Windows Server is a type of computer system that’s used by organizations and companies for running their network infrastructure or applications on one single device.


It's also part of Microsoft Windows family, which means it complements regular OS versions with added features to make management easier.


A server operating system has many advanced functions so you can perform critical tasks necessary to keep your server up and running.


As opposed to a regular OS, a server operating system’s main function is helping improve efficiency where possible — for example, remote administration tools, user permissions, security, and advanced virtual machines.


Windows Server 2022 is the latest addition to the Windows Server operating system family developed and sold by Microsoft. It has the latest, most advanced technology with extended support.


Windows Server 2022 versions




A lightweight server, best fit for small businesses. It has all the essential features that you need to get started with and includes licensing up to 25 users and 50 devices.




Ideal for establishments with mainly physical, or minimally virtualized server environments. It gives you access to everything you need for a reliable and fast server that can support your workloads in all fields.




Made for enterprises with highly virtualized datacenters and cloud environments. It's able to support large workloads, even if you're working in an on-prem or private cloud environment.



Ideal for

Licensing model

CAL requirements



Small businesses

Server license

No CAL required



Physical or minimally virtualized environments


Windows Server CAL



Highly virtualized and cloud environments


Windows Server CAL



Is the answer in the cloud?


When considering which Windows Server edition to purchase, be sure and think about if you actually need a physical server.


If your business is tight on space or doesn't have much of an IT infrastructure, then a server suitable for the cloud may be more beneficial. Depending on the number of your employees, you may want to choose Essentials or Datacenter.


Cloud servers provide a cost-effective and easy-to-use service for businesses of all sizes. However, as your company grows, so does the need for more advanced technology that can handle higher traffic loads without breaking down or slowing down significantly in terms of performance.


If you need a server on-premises, there are two options: Essentials and Standard. The former is the best choice if your company has less than 25 employees, while the latter will be perfect for businesses with over 100.


Windows Server 2022 licensing


Windows Server 2022 editions are licensed per core, with the exception of Essentials. If you need more than 16 or 24 cores,you need to buy additional CPU license packs to scale your installation up incrementally in multiples.

It's important to know which license you need for external server users, too. You can choose from either an individual User CAL or a Device CAL (Client Access License) depending on how your company will use Windows Server 2022.


A User CAL applies only when one individual employee wants to access, while a Device CAL allows legitimate users some flexibility.


User CALs


Purchase a User CAL for every user who needs access to the server, regardless of the number or devices they use. With this purchase, you are guaranteed that your company's employees always have roaming abilities and can work from outside spaces without any interruption in service!


Device CALs


A Device CAL lets you purchase an additional license for every device that accesses your server, regardless of how many people use it. This means a single employee could share devices with several colleagues and still have their own guaranteed connection without interruption.


You can purchase CALs and other licenses from our store for an excellent price. CALs can be added to your server at any given time, and are required for both the Standard and Datacenter editions.


Upgrade to Windows Server 2022


If you're still running an older version of Windows Server, such as 2012 or 2019, now is the best time for upgrading to a more modern solution with Windows Server 2022. It offers many new features that could be worth the upgrade cost for your business.


Windows Server 2022 is the latest version of Microsoft's server operating system. An upgrade from any earlier versions would allow your business more flexibility when it comes down to choosing how best to work with technology in general, while also improving efficiency through automation where possible.


Some older versions of Windows Server no longer receive official support from Microsoft either. By purchasing the new Windows Server 2022, your server will stay secure and supported for the upcoming years.


It’s time to make your choice


For many businesses, the decision of what server software they should purchase can be daunting. Fortunately, there are plenty to choose from, and this guide will help you find your perfect fit!


If for whatever reason you're still not sure which Windows Server 2022 edition suits your business best, don't hesitate to speak with our experts here at SoftwareKeep. We're always happy when customers' needs are met by us.


One more thing


Thank you for checking out our buyer’s guide on choosing the right Windows Server 2022 version! If there's anything else at all that might help or if any questions remain unanswered, contact us or check our Blog.


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