Distribution database licensing model RRS feed

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  • 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?

    • Moved by Tom Phillips Wednesday, July 31, 2013 3:04 PM Replication question
    Wednesday, July 31, 2013 3:03 PM


  • Yes, it needs to be licensed. If it only has a role as a distributor you will need a license for each CAL or core, depending on how you license it. Note that you might be able to get away with a standard edition remote distributor but you would need to cluster it.

    Tom - under high load the CPU hit of the agents running on the publisher make some people want to run a remote distributor. Microsoft recommends that if your server is under load you should use a remote distributor. However, you may find that you can get away with a local distributor.

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    • Proposed as answer by Sofiya Li Thursday, August 1, 2013 2:15 AM
    • Marked as answer by Sofiya Li Tuesday, August 6, 2013 11:15 AM
    Wednesday, July 31, 2013 6:31 PM

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