SQL Server 2016 Standard - MSDN versus Production Licensing? Core vs CAL keys?


  • Hi. We have production servers using SQL Server Standard.  Does MSDN allow us to use the SQL Standard Edition for non-production development and testing without purchasing additional production licenses?  Does the key used make a difference?  (The Standard media from MSDN indicates no key is required, so I assume it's embedded.  Do we need to take care not to use media downloaded from the volume licensing site for non-production?) 

    The standard edition has both core and server-CAL options.  For production, do I need to pick specific media or keys to differentiate between core and server-CAL?  We track our licenses separately, but I'm unsure what we need to do for our installs to be consistent. 

    Thanks, Randy

    Randy in Marin

    Tuesday, March 7, 2017 1:43 AM


  • Yes, you can use MSDN subscription media to run dev instances without purchasing licenses. The key will be embedded. You will need to enter the key when upgrading or changing licensing models.

    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:

    Tuesday, March 7, 2017 2:13 AM