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System Center Datacenter

System Center Datacenter
  • Donor or Provider: Microsoft
  • Platform: Windows
  • Format: License, Download
  • Product ID: LS-45964
  • Title Group: System Center Server Management Suite
  • Availability: Available

More informations about this product


System Center Datacenter is a set of server management licenses (MLs) and software for managing applications and services across physical, virtual, and cloud information technology (IT) infrastructures. The Datacenter edition is designed for managing heavily virtualized System Center environments.

This donation provides one Datacenter ML covering up to two physical processors and permitting management of an unlimited number of operating system environments (OSEs) on managed servers. In order to use this product, you will need to obtain enough copies to cover the processors on managed servers. The right to run management server software for System Center components is included with the ML. For additional information about the available editions of System Center and its licensing requirements, see TechSoup's Guide to System Center Products and Licensing.

Which Versions of This Software Are Available?

You can choose to download the current version or the previous version of this software. You can find out which version is the current one in the Microsoft Title Groups document. In addition, you can download the software in any language that's available.

Benefits for Organizations

If you have a dedicated IT staff with datacenter administration experience, your organization can use System Center to

  • Pool shared resources into a "private cloud" to provide users with IT as a Service that they can self-allocate through a portal.
  • Manage hybrid cloud environments that combine public and private cloud applications and services from a centralized interface.
  • Standardize and automate datacenter processes to reduce costs and improve service reliability.

Licensed Components

This ML suite licenses servers to be managed by these System Center components:

  • App Controller: a unified console for managing public and private clouds, as well as cloud-based virtual machines and services
  • Configuration Manager: provides software deployment, distribution, update management, and configuration monitoring throughout an IT infrastructure
  • Data Protection Manager: enables disk-based data protection and recovery for file and application servers as well as client computers
  • Endpoint Protection: works with Configuration Manager to provide a single infrastructure for client management and security, including malware detection
  • Operations Manager: monitors the health of IT services across datacenter and cloud infrastructures
  • Orchestrator: a workflow management tool for automating the creation, monitoring, and deployment of IT resources
  • Service Manager: an integrated platform for automating and adapting your organization's IT service management best practices
  • Virtual Machine Manager: enables administration and management of Microsoft and VMware virtual machine guests and virtual machine hosts

Server Software

The right to run System Center management server software is included with the MLs. If you request this product, you can obtain management server software for all of the System Center components listed above. The software includes a runtime version of SQL Server Technology (SQL Server Standard Edition) to support System Center. No additional licenses are needed for management servers or SQL Server technology.

Management License

MLs do not require media, license keys, or setup codes.

CALs, ECLs, and MLs offered through TechSoup are always for the currently offered version of the server software. However, these licenses can also be used with earlier versions of the server software.

Obtaining the Server Software

Installing the server software requires you to download the software from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) and enter a license key. You can download any available version or language for your product.

The license key allows you to install the product on as many computers as you have received licenses for. This quantity is specified in the email you receive from TechSoup after you request this product.

Expect two emails:

  1. When your donation request has been approved, TechSoup will send a message to your organization email address. This email will confirm the number of licenses you have requested and provide information about how to use the VLSC once Microsoft accepts your license agreement. Make sure the organization email that is registered with TechSoup is up-to-date. Visit My Member Profile and verify the address in your active organization profile.
  2. Microsoft will send an email welcoming your organization to the VLSC. This email will indicate that Microsoft has accepted your license agreement. After you receive this email, you'll be able to follow the steps in the first email you received from TechSoup to obtain your donation through the VLSC.

Software Assurance

Under the Software Assurance program, you have the right to install any new release of products covered in the agreement during the term of your coverage.

Rules, Eligibility and Restrictions

  • Quantity:
    • Organizations receive an allotment of Microsoft software donations that is reset every two years. An organization's two-year cycle begins with its first donation request after July 27, 2011. After two years, a new cycle begins, and a new allotment is available.
    • During its two-year cycle, an organization can request products from up to 10 title groups.
      • For title groups that contain applications that run on an individual computer (like a desktop or laptop PC) or for license-only title groups (like CALs), there is a 50-license maximum.
      • For server products, there is a five-product maximum, regardless of title group.
    • For further details, see Quantity and Frequency of Microsoft Requests on the Microsoft Donation Program — Eligibility and Allotments page.
  • Budget: Organizations with annual operating budgets of any size are eligible for products in this program.
  • Nonprofits and public libraries only:
    • This donation is available to nonprofits with 501(c)(3) designation and to public libraries. Public libraries must either have valid 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or be listed in the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) database.
    • Public libraries without a 501(c)(3) designation may request Microsoft software donations through this program only for use on public access computers or on computers that are used to directly manage either the public access computers or the library's public access program.
    • Microsoft reserves the right to grant or deny an organization's request at any time, for any reason.  
  • Eligible organization types: The Microsoft Donation Program serves nonprofit organizations whose missions benefit the local community. This could include organizations with the following missions:
    • Providing relief to the poor
    • Advancing education
    • Improving social welfare
    • Preserving culture
    • Preserving or restoring the environment
    • Promoting human rights
    • Establishment of civil society
  • Ineligible organization types: Not all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible for participation in the Microsoft Donation Program. Those that are not eligible should visit Microsoft Volume Licensing for Industries for more information about charity licensing; they may still be eligible for discounted software from Microsoft. Ineligible organizations include the following:
    • Governmental organizations or agencies.
    • Educational institutions, including K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and trade schools.
    • Healthcare organizations, including hospitals, healthcare networks, health plans, ambulatory healthcare services, home healthcare and assisted living healthcare organizations, health research organizations, and laboratories. Exceptions include independent nonprofit organizations with the following missions: community, behavioral and women's health clinics; hospices; emergency services; and blood, tissue and organ banks.
    • Professional, commerce, and trade associations.
    • Sponsorships of events, tables, exhibitions, or performances.
    • Fundraising events such as luncheons, dinners, walks, runs, or sports tournaments.
    • Political, labor, and fraternal organizations.
    • Refurbishers that will be installing the donated software on refurbished computers to be distributed or donated to nonprofits or schools. Please visit the Registered Refurbisher Program.
    • Nonpublic, non-501(c)(3) libraries, including private libraries, school libraries, specialty libraries, armed forces libraries, and libraries in government agencies.
  • Terms of service: Organizations that request Microsoft products must agree to any applicable terms of service.
  • Amendments: Microsoft reserves the right to supplement or amend these eligibility guidelines at any time without notice.
  • Anti-discrimination policy: To be eligible to participate in this program, organizations must attest to the following statement, which certifies compliance with the Microsoft corporate citizenship nonprofit giving antidiscrimination policy:
    My organization does not have a policy or mission of discriminating in hiring, compensation, access to training or services, promotion, termination, or retirement based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, political affiliation, union membership, or veteran status.
    My organization is a religious organization, and any discriminatory practices of my organization are exempt from laws that otherwise prohibit such discrimination.
  • Product distribution:
    • Products will be distributed under this program to qualifying organizations and libraries only, not to individuals.
    • Recipient organizations may not transfer or resell Microsoft products.
    • Microsoft products may not be installed on computers that will be given to or sold to other organizations or individuals, even as part of a charitable program.