Does distribution server needs to be licensed? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi all,

    I have to implement a transactional replication scenario I've 2 servers, let's say Server_A and Server_B, both servers run SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition. I've to publish a database on Server_A, the subscriber database will be on Server_B.

    If I want to put distribution database on a standalone server (let's say Server_C) that hosts only that database (no user's databases) have I to buy license for it?

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  • Hi Andrea,

    It needs a license, as one SQL Server instance owns a unique license key.

    For more detailed information regarding to the  license issue, please call 1-800-426-9400, Monday through Friday,
    6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. (Pacific Time) to speak directly to a Microsoft
    licensing specialist. For international customers, please use the Guide to
    Worldwide Microsoft Licensing Sites
    to find contact information in your

    Candy Zhou

    • Edited by Candy_Zhou Tuesday, August 6, 2013 2:05 AM edit
    • Proposed as answer by RohitGarg Tuesday, August 6, 2013 4:19 AM
    • Marked as answer by Fanny LiuModerator Friday, August 9, 2013 12:59 AM
    Tuesday, August 6, 2013 2:04 AM