Verification Of Microsoft SQL Server Core Licensing


  • Hi,

    If we have 1 physical server with 8 core,

    Inside physical server have 1 VM with 12 core and installing Microsoft SQL Server 2012.

    For Verification of Microsoft SQL Server Core Licensing we should Refer to Physical Core or VM Core?



    Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:38 AM

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  • From SQL Server 2016 Licensing Guide.

    When deploying SQL Server 2016 software in virtualized environments, customers have the choice to license either individual virtual machines as needed, or to license for maximum virtualization in highly virtualized, private cloud, or dynamic environments. Maximum virtualization can be achieved by licensing the entire physical server with Enterprise Edition core licenses and covering those licenses with Software Assurance (SA).

    This seems to indicate that you can use license the 8 cores, although you are overcommitting our cpus in your guest.

    I realize you are running SQL 2012, but your licensing applies to licenses purchased today - so the SQL 2016 licensing rules will apply to your SQL 2012 licenses.

    This been said, you must verify this with Microsoft licensing:

    You can 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. You can also visit the following site for more information and support on licensing issues:

    Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:51 AM