Microsoft Server Processor (license type)

Note: This license type is available only when you have licensed the FlexNet Manager for Datacenters product. If you have procured a Microsoft Server Processor license (such as Microsoft SQL Server) for a server, Microsoft User or Device Client Access Licenses (CALs) are also required to access this server application.
This license type is applicable to server operating systems and other Microsoft software (such as SQL Server, BizTalk Server, Visual Studio Lab Management, and others). Since Microsoft applies a variety of measures and limits to licenses for different editions of these products, this license type has a number of unique properties. Correct setting is complex, but critical for compliance. Best practice is to allow the Product Use Rights Library (PURL) and SKU library to appropriately set these values.
Tip: For capacity-based licenses, if you allocate the license to an individual device but inventory does not show any relevant applications (linked to the license) installed on that same device, consumption on that device is calculated as for a device license (a count of one per device, regardless of the device capacity). You can manually adjust the points consumed using the Overridden consumption value (consumption is then updated at the next compliance calculation). If corrected inventory is later imported that shows installation of relevant applications, you also need to remove the manual assignment of points.
Tip: Despite the name, this license type can also be useful for non-Microsoft products. For example, a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server license can be consumed on either physical server sockets (two sockets or CPUs per license) or two virtual machines (VMs) per host. This can be configured on a Microsoft Server Processor license in the Use rights & rules tab as follows:
  • In the Processor limits section, select and set Consume one license for every nn processors to 2, with Minimum processors set to 1.
  • In the Rights on virtual machines and hosts section, select One licensed host covers multiple VMs, and set the Maximum VMs to 2.
Product use rights Multiple use, downgrade rights, upgrade rights, and licensing on VM hosts. For record keeping purposes only (not affecting any calculations), you can also record license mobility rights including use in the cloud.
Group assignment

Group assignment is supported.


The number of processors running the licensed software. Different editions of the software and its license vary the way that processors may be counted.


Processors, either physical or virtual or both, within a single physical host. Each license entitlement covers one processor.


Compliant when Consumed is less than or equal to Total licensed.

Changing from

Scoping rules will be deleted. Allocations to computers may be deleted.

Changing to You may want to set scoping rules or allocate the license to computers.

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