Move SQL server licenses to a new server


  • A customer of mine is currently using SQL server 2008 Standard on an Windows 2008 server.  We would like to transfer the SQL Server license to a new server that they are planning to buy.  Is this possible?  We do not mind keeping the same version of SQL server.   We would prefer to run Windows Server 2012 on the new machine. 

    Please advise.

    Thursday, February 16, 2017 6:44 PM

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    Friday, February 17, 2017 4:50 AM
  • Hi,

    yes, it's possible/allowed to install SQL Server 2008 Standard on Windows Server 2012 Version.

    You must apply SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3 or a later update.



    Friday, February 17, 2017 2:28 PM
  • Yes, licenses are transferable from one server to another in the same company as long as it is the same version of SQL Server and you decommission the old one.

    Since the question is a license issue, 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:

    Friday, February 17, 2017 2:31 PM