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SQL Server Licensing in a Virtual Machine can be a difficult thing to understand. You need to thoroughly understand the types of licensing available, i.e. Server/Core&Device CAL or Core-Based licensing. Once you understand the basics of Microsoft SQL Server licensing, you can easily understand how to license it in a Virtual Machine (VM) environment. More than 60% of the current SQL Server deployments are in the Virtual environments, and Microsoft expanded virtualization rights, options and benefits to provide greater flexibility for customers deploying in virtual environments.
Buying Software Assurance with SQL Server gives you License mobility rights, VM Rights and Upgrade options to the next version of SQL Server.
Note: You can only license individual VMs for SQL Server 2014 Standard Edition for customers who are running the software in a virtualized environment under the Per Core model.
Source: Microsoft Licensing Guide for SQL 2014
Only available for SQL Server 2014 Standard and Business Intelligence editions.
I hope this gives a good explanation of how to License SQL in a VM. In my next post, I will talk about “Advanced Licensing Scenarios” like High availability and disaster recovery.
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