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2009-01-08, 12:59 #1
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SQL Server processor licensing
I wonder whether anyone is an intergalactic expert on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 licensing? Alternatively, on Windows Server 2003 partitioning (should it exist).
The problem is that our server has two Xeon processors (each with four cores, but that is irrelevant for licensing purposes), and we can get ONE COPY of SQL Server 2008, processor licence, for £162+VAT (as a charity). Obtaining a SECOND processor licence would cost over £1200+VAT!
Looking at the SQL Server 2005 info, I find:
You must acquire licenses for only those processors that are accessible to any operating system copy upon which SQL Server is set up to run.
* This enhancement makes it more cost-effective for you to use SQL Server licensed in the Per Processor licensing model when SQL Server, through partitioning or other similar technology, does not use all of the processors in a server.
* When technology such as partitioning is used, each partition will have its own operating system copy; each operating system copy might not have access to all of the processors in the server.
* If any processor in the server is made inaccessible to all of the operating system copies set up to run SQL Server, then that processor does not require a Processor license for SQL Server. In other words, a SQL Server Processor license is required for each processor that is accessible to any operating system copy on which SQL Server is set up to run.
You may install and run any number of copies of SQL Server on a server, provided that you acquire the required number of Processor licenses.
* This enhancement makes it more cost-effective to license SQL Server in the Per Processor licensing model when multiple instances of the software are installed on the same server and accessing the same processors.
* This change eliminates the need to license each copy of SQL Server separately for each processor in the server.
Note: For any instance of SQL Server on a server, you will never need more SQL Server Processor licenses than there are processors in the server.
Note: Microsoft Windows licensing requirements will not change because of any changes to the Per Processor licensing model.
Can anyone tell me whether I can set up SQL Server 2008 so that it runs only on ONE of the TWO Xeon processors?
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