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SQL Server Volume License and Product Keys

    Question

  • Hello,

    I'm looking for answer to the following question. Is there a possibility to have same SQL Server product key on multiple machines, if you have volume license agreement? Is there at all a possibility to have same product key on multiple machines and under what circumstances?

    Regards,
    Ivan

    Saturday, October 11, 2008 9:27 PM

Answers

  • Hello Ivan -

     

    I actually work on the Pre Sales and License Team at Microsoft, our phone number is 800-426-9400, unfortunatly you will have to pass through several prompts to reach our team.  First select "business customer," then select "pre sales and licensing questions."  FYI we are license specialists in the most common programs including volume licensing, retail, and OEM.  We also can answer high level product feature/functionality questions as well as questions about buying options for each program.

     

    To answer your question about SQL (as well as all other Volume License Products), the short answer is yes.  The long answer is; Volume License Customers are assigned one key per agreement, per product they own.  If a customer has multiple agreements they will have multiple keys for each product, however, a customer can choose to use a single key from a single agreement for all other licensed products under all other agreements they own.  So yes, you may use the same key to install SQL Server in multiple instances on multiple servers (physical or virtual), assuming you own multiple licenses that matches the total number of servers you are installing it on.  Bottom line is Microsoft is concerned with our customers license compliance, IE; VL customers owning the same number of licenses for the same number of products they have purchased.  In most all cases, it does not matter what type of installation media was used, or the product key that was used, since all products in Volume Licensing (except Vista and WS2008) do not require activation.  This drastically simplifys the deployment and management of software purchase via a VL agreement.

     

    Now although I am a license specialist, i have never installed the SQL software myself.  It is my understanding that with a volume license copy of SQL Server, you do not need to obtain a seperate product key (at least for 2000, 2005, and 2008).  The keys are embedded within the installation bits on CD or download, and will automatically populate during the installation process.  Ive attached a link to a page the covers most all volume license products that require keys to be obtained seperatly, you may find this useful for other products.  If a product is not listed in the chart, than in most all cases the key is embedded, it does not require one, or products such as subcriptions like MSDN, TechNet, and Forefront, keys are obtained via their own dedicated site.

     

    List of Products that Require Volume License Keys and the Correct Key to Use - http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/resources/vol/volumelicensekey/default.mspx

     

    Hope this helps!!

     

    Regards -

     

    Mark M

    Microsoft Corp

    Corporate Pre Sales and License Specialist

     

    Saturday, October 18, 2008 11:22 PM

All replies

  • For license related questions, it is always better to ask Microsoft Licensing Team directly. You might want to look at these links:

    Licensing Question

    http://www.microsoft.com/sql/howtobuy/licensing.mspx

    http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2435258&SiteID=1

    Toll free numbers(Contact a Representative to Order by Phone):

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/bb856399.aspx

     

    Hope this helps

    Dannol

    Monday, October 13, 2008 1:28 AM
    Answerer
  • Dannol,

    Thank you for your response, but it doesn't answer the question. I don't think a representative will be able to help me with this question. I was wondering if you can forward this question to someone who is responsible for the SQL Server licensing? I need to know if same product key can be used for multiple SQL Server instances? This is should be easy to answer. Unfortunately I was unable to find information about it over the web.
    Monday, October 13, 2008 2:23 AM
  • Sorry I am in development team and I don't know the people from official licensing team. There have been many people asked many kinds of questions around licensing, I forward them the Toll free numbers to Contact a Representative to for query, and later they got their official answers.

     

    Sorry this is only what I could help.

     

    Tuesday, October 14, 2008 1:30 AM
    Answerer
  • Dannol,

    I understand. I will try to contact your licensing team. Can you at least tell me if the following assumption is correct ?:

    one product key = one license

    Does one product key equal to one license?
    Tuesday, October 14, 2008 3:37 PM
  • Sorry I am a developer in Microsoft and Microsoft employees could use the Microsoft product in office freely so I never had experience touching Microsoft License and Keys...

     

    Sorry again. Please just call the free numbers Smile

    Thursday, October 16, 2008 2:47 AM
    Answerer
  • Hello Ivan -

     

    I actually work on the Pre Sales and License Team at Microsoft, our phone number is 800-426-9400, unfortunatly you will have to pass through several prompts to reach our team.  First select "business customer," then select "pre sales and licensing questions."  FYI we are license specialists in the most common programs including volume licensing, retail, and OEM.  We also can answer high level product feature/functionality questions as well as questions about buying options for each program.

     

    To answer your question about SQL (as well as all other Volume License Products), the short answer is yes.  The long answer is; Volume License Customers are assigned one key per agreement, per product they own.  If a customer has multiple agreements they will have multiple keys for each product, however, a customer can choose to use a single key from a single agreement for all other licensed products under all other agreements they own.  So yes, you may use the same key to install SQL Server in multiple instances on multiple servers (physical or virtual), assuming you own multiple licenses that matches the total number of servers you are installing it on.  Bottom line is Microsoft is concerned with our customers license compliance, IE; VL customers owning the same number of licenses for the same number of products they have purchased.  In most all cases, it does not matter what type of installation media was used, or the product key that was used, since all products in Volume Licensing (except Vista and WS2008) do not require activation.  This drastically simplifys the deployment and management of software purchase via a VL agreement.

     

    Now although I am a license specialist, i have never installed the SQL software myself.  It is my understanding that with a volume license copy of SQL Server, you do not need to obtain a seperate product key (at least for 2000, 2005, and 2008).  The keys are embedded within the installation bits on CD or download, and will automatically populate during the installation process.  Ive attached a link to a page the covers most all volume license products that require keys to be obtained seperatly, you may find this useful for other products.  If a product is not listed in the chart, than in most all cases the key is embedded, it does not require one, or products such as subcriptions like MSDN, TechNet, and Forefront, keys are obtained via their own dedicated site.

     

    List of Products that Require Volume License Keys and the Correct Key to Use - http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/resources/vol/volumelicensekey/default.mspx

     

    Hope this helps!!

     

    Regards -

     

    Mark M

    Microsoft Corp

    Corporate Pre Sales and License Specialist

     

    Saturday, October 18, 2008 11:22 PM
  • Thank you Mark. This actually answers my question.

    Regards,
    Ivan

    Sunday, October 19, 2008 8:36 PM
  • Mark,

    I could use your help as well and Ivan maybe I know you.

    Anyway I have a volume licence agreement and need help as well.  I have 3 SQL 2008 Streaming Servers on a laptop. The problem is that their are over 15 different Intel configuarations on my machine with a single hard drive.

    The system fails to acknowledge the configuration changes as a single operating system. I plan on coming to the Evergreen State to update the platform models and software for the server. In the mean-time I have completely had to suspend corporate spending. 

    I believe that the network ID of such platform models are not understood to the full extent for streaming servers for multiple key and product codes.

    I will attempt to check for a response and further intrustion from the parent. 

    In order to comply with all SEC and FCC I must return to the Pacific Nortwest to update the Platform Models.

     

    Rabbit...

     

     

     

    Tuesday, October 28, 2008 11:49 PM
  • yes

    Saturday, November 08, 2008 3:40 PM
  • Dannol,

    This question is difficult to answer because I have been wondering the same question with my volume license.  I know it is based on the software associated with the virtual system and points assigned to each user account resold on an edified basis.  Depending on the product key or keys associated with your software.  There are complication with the MSN system recognizing one product key and user accounts affiliated with that product key.  The data on your system will generate the appropriate volume license for the sheer volume of your software. In reality the Sql deals with all windows operating systems from 98 till now and really depends on the duration of time based on points.

    Suggestion one product ID per processor.

    Do you have the appropriate Keys???


    Roger

    Wednesday, February 11, 2009 1:01 AM