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Recent Change to VM Licensing for SQL Server

Recently, MSFT changed its licensing. Basically, if you buy Enterprise Edition fully licensed for the base server, you can run SQL Server on the VMs on that box without having to license SQL for each VM.  Here is an article realting to this story.

http://www.virtualization.info/2007/02/microsoft-unlocks-sql-server-2005.html

Before, each VM had to have its own license, but with Enterprise Edition, this is no longer the case.  If you are using Standard Edition, the old rules still apply. 

Published Wednesday, February 28, 2007 4:20 PM by RickHeiges
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jerryhung said:

That's nice to know, too bad we don't need the Enterprise edition

Glad Microsoft is following up the license of Windows 2003

where you buy Windows 2003 R2 Enterprise, you can use it on up to 4 VMs on the same machine (so Buy one get 4 free really)

March 5, 2007 3:02 PM

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