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Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Standard with 5 CALs for Charities, Churches and Education

Windows Server 2019 Standard helps you transform your IT operations to reduce costs and deliver a new level of business value.

Windows Server 2019 Standard can be transferred to another computer.

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£494.00 + VAT

£592.80 inc VAT

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Download This software is downloaded. If you don't like to download we can do it for you and mail it to you on a disc at no charge.
Authorised Partner Tekgia is a Microsoft Authorised Partner.
License Type This is a perpetual license. That means that it does not end. It also means that you only pay once for it. It is not a subscription license.

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Eligibility for the discounted price

The Department for Education
Local Education Authorities

Private schools
Public schools

Prison education centres

Public libraries
Public museums


Charities registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales

Charities registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

Charities registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

Charities with a Charity Tax Reference Number issued by HM Revenue and Customs

Girl Guides
Scout Groups

Windows Server 2019 is built on the strong foundation of Windows Server 2016 and brings you numerous innovations and features.

These are the contents of this page:

Orange Arrow  Why this Windows Server 2019 Standard is such a good deal

Orange Arrow  What's new in Windows Server 2019

Orange Arrow  Windows Server 2019 Licensing

Six important reasons why this Windows Server 2019 Standard with 5 CALs is such a good deal

1. It is very good value for money First and foremost, this Windows Server 2019 Standard with 5 CALs is probably cheaper than any Windows Server 2019 Standard with 5 CALs sold by a Microsoft Authorised Partner.

2. Latest version Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Standard with 5 CALs is the latest version in Microsoft's line of Windows Server Standard software.

3. You can transfer it to your new server With this Windows Server 2019 Standard with 5 CALs, you can remove it from your old machine and install it on your new one.

4. Gives you peace of mind Do you sometimes lose things? Well, with this Windows Server 2019 Standard with 5 CALs, Microsoft keep your product key (which you need to activate the software) secure for you so that if you ever lose it, you can get it back again from their secure website. Of if you lose the software, you can always download it again from the Microsoft secure website.

5. Perpetual License You pay once for the software and you can use it forever.

6. Available as download and on disc Although the software comes as a download we can if you wish, download it for you, burn it onto a disc and mail it out to you. We won't charge for this, by the way.

What's new in Windows Server 2019

Windows Server 2019 is built on the strong foundation of Windows Server 2016 and brings numerous innovations on four key themes: Hybrid, Security, Application Platform, and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI).


Desktop experience

The Desktop Experience is back in Windows Server 2019! (It was not included in Windows Server, version 1709, Windows Server, version 1803, or Windows Server, version 1809.)

As with Windows Server 2016, during setup of the operating system it is possible to choose between Server Core installations or Server with Desktop Experience installations.

System Insights

System Insights is a new feature available in Windows Server 2019 that brings local predictive analytics capabilities natively to Windows Server. These predictive capabilities, each backed by a machine-learning model, locally analyse Windows Server system data, such as performance counters and events, providing insight into the functioning of your servers and helping you reduce the operational expenses associated with reactively managing issues in your Windows Server deployments.

Storage Replica expanded to include:

  • Test failover is a new feature that allows mounting of destination storage in order to validate replication or backup data. For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions about Storage Replica.

  • Log Performance improvements v1.1

  • Storage Replica is available in Standard Edition and can create 1 Partnership with 1 Resource Group with single 2TB volumes. The feature can replicate between clusters, asynchronously and synchronously.

Hybrid Cloud

Windows Admin Center

Windows Admin Center is an evolution of Windows Server in-box management tools; it’s a single pane of glass that consolidates all aspects of local and remote server management. As a locally deployed, browser-based management experience, an Internet connection and Azure aren’t required. Windows Admin Center gives you full control of all aspects of your deployment, including private networks that aren’t Internet-connected.

  • Windows Admin Center is a free download, separate from the Windows Server 2019 download, for enhanced flexibility and remote management strategies. See the Windows Admin Center OS support matrix for installation and management compatibility.

Storage Migration Service

Storage Migration Service (SMS) is a new role included in Windows Server Standard and Datacenter editions. SMS is a job-based orchestration and proxy that:

  • Allows you to inventory existing servers for their data, security, and network settings.

  • Migrates that data, security, and network settings to a new, modern target by using the SMB protocol.

  • Takes over the identity of the old server completely, while decommissioning the original source, in such a way that your applications are unaffected and unaware that migration has taken place.

Server Core app compatibility feature on demand

The Server Core App Compatibility feature on demand (FOD) significantly improves the app compatibility of the Windows Server Core installation option by including a subset of binaries and components from Windows Server with the Desktop Experience, without adding the Windows Server Desktop Experience graphical environment itself. This is done to increase the functionality and compatibility of Server Core while keeping it as lean as possible.

This optional feature on demand is available on a separate ISO and can be added to Windows Server Core installations and images only, using Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM).

Azure Network Adapter

Now with Windows Server 2019, Windows Admin Center enables a one-click experience to configure a point-to-site VPN connection between an on-premises Windows Server and an Azure Virtual Network. This automates the configuration for the Azure Virtual Network gateway as well as the on-premises VPN client.


Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)

ATP's deep platform sensors and response actions expose memory and kernel level attacks and respond by suppressing malicious files and terminating malicious processes.

Windows Defender ATP Exploit Guard is a new set of host-intrusion prevention capabilities. The four components of Windows Defender Exploit Guard are designed to lock down the device against a wide variety of attack vectors and block behaviours commonly used in malware attacks, while enabling you to balance security risk and productivity requirements.

  • Attack Surface Reduction(ASR) is set of controls that enterprises can enable to prevent malware from getting on the machine by blocking suspicious malicious files (for example, Office files), scripts, lateral movement, ransomware behaviour, and email-based threats.

  • Network protection protects the endpoint against web-based threats by blocking any outbound process on the device to untrusted hosts/IP addresses through Windows Defender SmartScreen.

  • Controlled folder access protects sensitive data from ransomware by blocking untrusted processes from accessing your protected folders.

  • Exploit protection is a set of mitigations for vulnerability exploits (replacing EMET)that can be easily configured to protect your system and applications.

Windows Defender Application Control [also known as Code Integrity (CI) policy] was released in Windows Server 2016. Customer feedback has suggested that it is a great concept, but hard to deploy. To address this, Microsoft have built default CI policies, which will allow all Windows in-box files and Microsoft applications, such as SQL Server, and block known executables that can bypass CI.

Security with Software Defined Networking (SDN)

Security with SDN delivers many features to increase customer confidence in running workloads, either on-premises, or as a service provider in the cloud.

These security enhancements are integrated into the comprehensive SDN platform introduced in Windows Server 2016.

For a complete list of what’s new in SDN see, What’s New in SDN for Windows Server 2019.

Shielded Virtual Machines improvements

  • Branch office improvements

    You can now run shielded virtual machines on machines with intermittent connectivity to the Host Guardian Service by leveraging the new fallback HGS and offline mode features. Fallback HGS allows you to configure a second set of URLs for Hyper-V to try if it can't reach your primary HGS server.

    Offline mode allows you to continue to start up your shielded VMs, even if HGS can't be reached, as long as the VM has started successfully once, and the host's security configuration has not changed.

  • Troubleshooting improvements

    Microsoft have also made it easier to troubleshoot your shielded virtual machines by enabling support for VMConnect Enhanced Session Mode and PowerShell Direct. These tools are particularly useful if you've lost network connectivity to your VM and need to update its configuration to restore access.

    These features do not need to be configured, and they will automatically become available when a shielded VM is placed on a Hyper-V host running Windows Server version 1803 or later.

  • Linux support

    If you run mixed-OS environments, Windows Server 2019 now supports running Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server inside shielded virtual machines.

HTTP/2 for a faster and safer Web

  • Improved coalescing of connections to deliver an uninterrupted and properly encrypted browsing experience.

  • Upgraded HTTP/2’s server-side cipher suite negotiation for automatic mitigation of connection failures and ease of deployment.

  • Changed our default TCP congestion provider to Cubic to give you more throughput!

Application Platform

Linux containers on Windows

It is now possible to run Windows and Linux-based containers on the same container host, using the same docker daemon. This enables you to have a heterogeneous container host environment while providing flexibility to application developers.

Building Support for Kubernetes

Windows Server 2019 continues the improvements to compute, networking and storage from the semi-annual channel releases needed to support Kubernetes on Windows. More details will be available in upcoming Kubernetes releases.

  • Container Networking in Windows Server 2019 greatly improves usability of Kubernetes on Windows by enhancing platform networking resiliency and support of container networking plugins.

  • Deployed workloads on Kubernetes will be able to use network security to protect both Linux and Windows services using embedded tooling.

Container improvements

  • Improved integrated identity

    Microsoft have made integrated Windows authentication in containers easier and more reliable, addressing several limitations from prior versions of Windows Server.

  • Better application compatibility

    Containerizing Windows-based applications just got easier: The app compatibility for the existing windowsservercore image has been increased. For applications with additional API dependencies, there is now a third base image: windows.

  • Reduced size and higher performance

    The base container image download sizes, size on disk and startup times have been improved. This speeds up container workflows

  • Management experience using Windows Admin Center (preview)

    Microsoft have made it easier than ever to see which containers are running on your computer and manage individual containers with a new extension for Windows Admin Center. Look for the "Containers" extension in the Windows Admin Center public feed.

Hyper-converged infrastructure

Storage Spaces Direct

  • Deduplication and compression

    Get up to 10X more storage for free with deduplication and compression for the Resilient File System (ReFS). (It’s just one click to turn on with Windows Admin Center.) The variable-size chunk store with optional compression maximizes savings rates, while the multi-threaded post-processing architecture keeps performance impact minimal. Supports volumes up to 64 TB and files up to 1 TB each.

  • Native support for persistent memory

    Unlock unprecedented performance with native Storage Spaces Direct support for persistent memory modules, including Intel® Optane™ DC PM and NVDIMM-N. Use persistent memory as cache to accelerate the active working set, or as capacity to guarantee consistent low latency on the order of microseconds. Manage persistent memory just as you would any other drive in PowerShell or Windows Admin Center.

  • Nested resiliency for two-node HCI at the edge

    Survive two hardware failures at once with an all-new software resiliency option inspired by RAID 5+1. With nested resiliency, a two-node Storage Spaces Direct cluster can provide continuously accessible storage for apps and virtual machines even if one server node goes down and a drive fails in the other server node.

  • Windows Admin Center

    Manage and monitor Storage Spaces Direct with the new purpose-built Dashboard and experience in Windows Admin Center. Create, open, expand, or delete volumes with just a few clicks. Monitor performance like IOPS and IO latency from the overall cluster down to the individual SSD or HDD. Available at no additional cost for Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019.

  • Performance history

    Get effortless visibility into resource utilization and performance with built-in history. Over 50 essential counters spanning compute, memory, network, and storage are automatically collected and stored on the cluster for up to one year. Best of all, there’s nothing to install, configure, or start – it just works. Visualize in Windows Admin Center or query and process in PowerShell.

  • Scale up to 4 PB per cluster

    Achieve multi-petabyte scale – great for media, backup, and archival use cases. In Windows Server 2019, Storage Spaces Direct supports up to 4 petabytes (PB) = 4,000 terabytes of raw capacity per storage pool. Related capacity guidelines are increased as well: for example, you can create twice as many volumes (64 instead of 32), each twice as large as before (64 TB instead of 32 TB). Stitch multiple clusters together into a cluster set for even greater scale within one storage namespace.

  • Mirror-accelerated parity is 2X faster

    With mirror-accelerated parity you can create Storage Spaces Direct volumes that are part mirror and part parity, like mixing RAID-1 and RAID-5/6 to get the best of both. (It’s easier than you think in Windows Admin Center.) In Windows Server 2019, the performance of mirror-accelerated parity is more than doubled relative to Windows Server 2016 thanks to important architectural optimizations.

  • Drive latency outlier detection

    Easily identify drives with abnormal latency with proactive monitoring and built-in outlier detection, inspired by Microsoft Azure’s long-standing and successful approach. Whether it’s average latency or something more subtle like 99th percentile latency that stands out, slow drives are automatically labelled in PowerShell and Windows Admin Center with ‘Abnormal Latency’ status.

Failover Clustering

  • Cluster Sets

    Hyperscale a hyper-converged infrastructure by federating multiple Failover Clusters into a Cluster Set. Virtual Machines achieve fluidity across loosely coupled grouping of clusters for balancing and maintenance.

  • Azure Enlightened Clusters

    Failover Clusters automatically detect and optimize the configuration when running in Azure IaaS virtual machines. Proactive failover and logging of Azure planned maintenance events to achieve the highest levels of availability. Simplified deployment by removing the need to configure the load balancer with Dynamic Network Name for Cluster Name.

  • Cross-domain Cluster Migration

    Failover Clusters can now dynamically move from one Active Directory domain to another. Simplifying domain consolidation and allowing clusters to be pre-built and then shipped and domain joined onsite.

  • Cluster Hardening

    Intra-cluster communication over Server Message Block (SMB) for Cluster Shared Volumes and Storage Spaces Direct now leverages certificates to provide the most secure platform. This allows Failover Clusters to operate with no dependencies on the NT LAN Manager (NTLM) and enable security baselines.

  • USB Witness

    A simple USB drive in a switch or device can now be used as a witness in determining quorum for a cluster. This extends the File Share Witness to support any SMB2 compliant device.

  • Cluster Infrastructure

    The CSV Cache is now enabled by default to turbo boost virtual machine performance. MSDTC now supports Cluster Shared Volumes, to allow deploying Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC) workloads on Storage Spaces Direct such as with SQL Server. Enhanced logic to detect partitioned nodes with self-healing to return nodes to cluster membership. Enhanced cluster network route detection and self-healing.

  • Cluster Aware Updating

    Cluster Aware Updating (CAU) is now integrated and aware of Storage Spaces Direct, validating and ensuring data resynchronization completes on each node. Inspects updates to intelligently patch by only rebooting if necessary. Enables orchestrating restarts of all nodes in the cluster for planned maintenance, even when not patching.

Encrypted Networks

Encrypted Networks - Virtual network encryption allows encryption of virtual network traffic between virtual machines that communicate with each other within subnets marked as Encryption Enabled. It also utilizes Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) on the virtual subnet to encrypt packets. DTLS protects against eavesdropping, tampering, and forgery by anyone with access to the physical network.

Network performance improvements for virtual workloads

Network performance improvements for virtual workloads will maximize the network throughput to virtual machines without requiring you to constantly tune or over-provision your host. This lowers the operations and maintenance cost while increasing the available density of your hosts. These new features are:

  • Receive Segment Coalescing in the vSwitch

  • Dynamic Virtual Machine Multi-Queue (d.VMMQ)

Low Extra Delay Background Transport

Low Extra Delay Background Transport (LEDBAT) is a latency optimized, network congestion control provider designed to automatically yield bandwidth to users and applications, while consuming the entire bandwidth available when the network is not in use.

This technology is intended for use in deploying large, critical updates across an IT environment without impacting customer facing services and associated bandwidth.

Windows Time Service

The Windows Time Service includes true UTC-compliant leap second support, a new time protocol called Precision Time Protocol, and end-to-end traceability.

High performance SDN gateways

High performance SDN gateways in Windows Server 2019 greatly improves the performance for IPsec and GRE connections, providing ultra-high-performance throughput with much less CPU utilization.

New Deployment UI and Windows Admin Center extension for SDN

Now, with Windows Server 2019, it’s easy to deploy and manage through a new deployment UI and Windows Admin Center extension that will enable anyone to harness the power of Software Defined Networking (SDN).

Persistent Memory support for Hyper-V VMs

To leverage the high throughput and low latency of persistent memory (a.k.a. storage class memory) in virtual machines, it can now be projected directly into VMs. This can help to drastically reduce database transaction latency or reduce recovery times for low latency in-memory databases on failure.

Windows Server 2019 licensing


I have tried to make this as straightforward as possible. Even so, you might want to grab a cup of coffee to keep you going while reading this

Microsoft is now basing their server licensing strategy around cloud requirements, and this includes Windows Server 2019.

Like earlier versions, Windows Server 2019 will require the purchase of both client-side and server-side licenses.

The client-side licenses [for example, Client Access Licenses (CALs)] give end-users and devices the right to access servers. There are no changes with client-side licenses. They stay the same.

The server-side licenses give organizations the right to run the software on a physical server. The difference between earlier versions and Window Server 2019 is that server-side licensing has changed, moving from processor-based licensing to core-based licensing.

Why the change? To support the Hybrid cloud. Microsoft says, "Core based licensing provides a more consistent licensing metric regardless of where the solution is deployed on-premises or in a cloud."

In the case of Windows Server 2019, each processor will be licensed with a minimum of 8 cores and each physical server will be required to be licensed with at least 2 processors. This adds up to a minimum of 16 cores. The core licenses will be sold in packs of two or in packs of sixteen.

In other words, if your physical server has 16 cores, you could buy 8 x packs of 2 core licenses or 1 x pack of 16 cores licenses. Either way you would end up with 16 x core licenses. Either way, you would meet the minimum order requirement.

When you buy 1 x Windows Server 2019 with 5 CALs from us, we supply 1 x pack of 16 core licenses and 5 x Client Access Licenses. In other words, this Microsoft Windows Server 2019 with 5 CALs covers 16 cores on your server. And so it meets the minimum order is for 16 cores. Even if your server happens to have 8 cores, your first order has to be for a minimum order of 16 cores.

What about the price? Well, although you are now buying more licenses for a physical server, Microsoft has reduced the price of individual license so that the final cost works out about the same as the processor-based licensing of earlier Windows Server editions.

However, if your server happens to have more than 16 cores you can buy additional core licenses, usually in packs of 2 core licenses.

To illustrate this, let's say your server has a Xeon processor with 24 cores. When you buy this Microsoft Windows Server 2019 with 5 CALs from us, you have covered 16 of them. To cover the other 8 cores you would buy an additional 8 core licenses, one for each of the remaining 8 cores. So you would buy 4 x packs of 2 core licences.

Please contact us for any questions on this. Also if you are looking for additional core licenses for Microsoft Windows Server 2019.