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Licensing SQL Server on a Virtual Platform

Wed, May 13 2015 16:00 UTC

Licensing SQL Server on a Virtual Platform

Licensing rules and guidelines for SQL Server is a complex topic and at best, a moving target. Just when you think you have figured out how to license your servers, they change the rules. Add virtualization into the conversation, and the confusion just jumped to a whole other level. When do you license the host and when do you license individual Virtual Machines (VMs)? When is Software Assurance (SA) a requirement? Why might you want to buy SA even when it isn’t required? When do we count logical cores from hyperthreading? What’s the deal with licensing AMD cores? How does the operating system affect my overall SQL Server licensing picture? This session will clarify the licensing rules with regards to virtual platforms and VMs.


Robert Davis

Robert is a SQL Server Certified Master, MVP, and has spent 17+ years honing his skills in security, performance tuning, SQL development, high availability, and disaster recovery. He served as PM for the SQL Server Certified Master Program at Microsoft Learning, and in various roles at Microsoft specializing in SQL Server administration, development, and architecture. He currently works as a Database Engineer at BlueMountain Capital Management where he spends a vast majority of his time tuning massively parallel queries. Robert feeds his passion for security by acting as co-leader of the PASS Security Virtual Chapter.

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