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  • Hi, i need  some help with SQL Std Ed licensing with software assurance. 

    All the documentation in regards to SQL lic is so confusing that i have begun where i started 

    So basically i have 2 * Hex core processors on 2 Nodes with 2 SQL Std servers on each Physical Node in FCI Cluster

    I would hence be having 6 cores on each server and probably assigning 2 cores to each SQL 

    Would i be hence needing 2 core licenses or it has to a minimum of 4 cores per SQL Std server.

    We have software assurance and hence i assume i do not need to license the passive server. My physical host will be on Hyper V. 

    So now will i still need 4 core SQL licenses per server? 

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:24 AM


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  • Hello,

    This is a community forum for technical questions & issues.

    For question regarding pricing / licensing please contact a Microsoft sales partner or licensing expert.

    Call (1-800-426-9400), Monday through Friday, 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM PST to speak directly to Microsoft licensing specialist.


    Olaf Helper

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    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:38 AM
  • I also forgot to mention the physical hosts have hyper threading on
    Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:38 AM
  • I also forgot to mention the physical hosts have hyper threading on

    Please follow Olaf advice and contact Microsoft for licensing.

    It is hard to comprehend your(any) environment our a forum and suggest you license, you also need to keep in mind your company might have different contract than a typical IT frim example - higher education institues or schools or NGO etc.

    also, you cannot trust someone's answer on forums regarding license- you/your company will be in trouble if you do it wrong and you have no one to blame(forum answers are not contract). check microsoft rep and get a contract.. that will protect you.


    Hope it Helps!!

    Wednesday, May 6, 2015 1:19 AM
  • Hi,

    if you wants installing SQL Server on the physical Server than, you must license all physical cores on th ephysical processors. for example: if you have 2 X CPUs with 4 core each, you need to license all 8 Cores. if you have 2 X CPUs with 2 Cores each, you need to buy 8 core licenses ( Minimum 4 cores even if you have only 2 cores).

    I confirm that with your active Software assurance, you don't need to purchase the license for the passive instance.



    Wednesday, May 6, 2015 7:48 AM