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  • Question

  • Hi,

    I'm looking at setting up a physical server (no visualization) with SQL 2012 Standard. The CPU will be Intel Xeon E5-2430V2 (6 cores, 12 threads).

    For core licensing, do I need to buy it for 6 cores or 12?

    Thanks

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 7:44 PM

Answers

  • Yes, It should be 8.

    Refer the below link

    http://www.mssqltips.com/sqlservertip/2942/understanding-the-sql-server-2012-licensing-model/

    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. 

    --Prashanth

    • Proposed as answer by Olaf HelperMVP Thursday, August 7, 2014 7:19 AM
    • Marked as answer by Shanky_621MVP Friday, August 8, 2014 2:46 PM
    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 9:11 PM
    Answerer

All replies

  • You need to buy it for 6

    --Prashanth

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 8:16 PM
    Answerer
  • If this was for a esxi server with 1 x Xeon E5-2430V2 CPU, and I allocated 8 cores to the SQL VM, would that be 8 SQL core licenses?

    Thanks

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 8:27 PM
  • Yes, It should be 8.

    Refer the below link

    http://www.mssqltips.com/sqlservertip/2942/understanding-the-sql-server-2012-licensing-model/

    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. 

    --Prashanth

    • Proposed as answer by Olaf HelperMVP Thursday, August 7, 2014 7:19 AM
    • Marked as answer by Shanky_621MVP Friday, August 8, 2014 2:46 PM
    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 9:11 PM
    Answerer