What is HPE ROK?
Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft bring together the world’s leading server hardware and software innovations, applications, resources, and support.
HPE sells Microsoft OEM licences in a number of ways. To ensure our customers purchase the right HPE ProLiant server with the right Microsoft® Windows Server® editions, we developed the HPE OEM Microsoft Reseller Option Kit (ROK) that delivers, through our reseller partners, value pricing, flexible choices, one-stop ordering, and single source support to help you be more productive, achieve more with your investment, and keep your business running smoothly.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise resellers can preinstall the Windows Server operating system you choose to deliver a solution that is entirely customised to your needs and immediately ready to use.
How is HPE ROK different from other versions of Microsoft Windows Server?
HPE ROK is the very same Windows Server operating system you would get directly from Microsoft. However, through our OEM agreement with Microsoft, we are able to customise and optimise Windows Server specifically for ProLiant servers and it is BIOS-locked to ensure it can only be installed on ProLiant servers.
HPE ROK Base Licences may only be purchased with a new ProLiant server. However, Additional Licences, for more VMs or licences that may be moved to a new HPE server at any point in time, have changed. Licensing options now vary between Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016.
Find direct links to the Windows Server 2016 data sheet, FAQ and more in the resources section at the bottom of this page.
Benefits of ProLiant servers and HPE ROK
Our customers need tools that accelerate the complexity of getting servers deployed quickly and inexpensively. Hewlett Packard Enterprise Intelligent Provisioning (HPE IP) provides a server-provisioning tool that eliminates media and time-consuming effort as all required drivers and software tools are pre-loaded onto your ProLiant Server. No configuration CDs to use, no drivers to find, no guesswork. HPE IP recognises if system software is out-of-date and automatically downloads the latest version’s update direct from the Internet, eliminating 45% of server configuration steps and deploying servers 3x faster.