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Hi
I am wondering whether i have done everything legally right for me to legally redistribute the MSDE package with my program.

1. I own a copy of Visual Basic 6.0
2. Read the EULA
3. Registered as an MSDE redistributer

Now with these things done am i now legally permitted to distribute the MSDE package ?
This meaning the MSDE SQL SERVER, with all its tools or ?

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As far as I understand it you can do this the MSDE engine is free to distribute if you have VB6:

MSDE 1.0 for Visual Studio 6.0 is available to licensed customers of any Visual Studio 6.0 edition or any Professional or Enterprise edition of any Visual Studio 6.0 language tool. This includes:

Visual Studio 6.0, Professional and Enterprise edition
Microsoft Visual Basic® 6.0, Professional and Enterprise edition
Microsoft Visual C++® 6.0, Professional and Enterprise edition
Microsoft Visual InterDev™ 6.0 Professional edition
Microsoft Visual J++™ 6.0 Professional edition
Microsoft Visual FoxPro™ 6.0 Professional edition
Applications built on MSDE 1.0 with any of these Visual Studio 6.0 products (or with Office 2000 Developer) can be freely redistributed to customers and end-users.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/downloads/addins/msde/genfaq.aspx


However, MSDE 2000 only seems to be redistrubutable if you own VS .NET:
http://www.microsoft.com/sql/msde/howtobuy/msderights.asp

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And about tools:

Management Tools: SQL Server tools are not shipped with the MSDE. Enterprise Manager and Query Analyzer are not included. Any tools must be developed or obtained from a third party.
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More about redistributable components for MSDE 2000:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/d/1/4/d14a40a7-a443-4172-a761-985bd6424538/MSDE_redist.txt

Redistribution Rights:
http://www.microsoft.com/sql/msde/howtobuy/redistregister.asp

(I know you have allready done this, but I post it just to make this thread a good resource for other users)
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This means iam only allowed to redistribute the MSDE 2000 if i own a copy of VS.NET ?
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by:mSchmidt
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And another question....

Does it mean that if i own a copy of VS.NET Professional for instance.

I can install MSDE server on all my customers computers ?
Or does it cost for every computer i install it on ... or how ?
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You will need client access licenses (CALs) or processor licenses to deploy MSDE 2000 applications that access SQL Server back-end data and resources.

But if you use MSDE as a single user database on the same machine as your program it is alowed, as far as I can tell.
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This means that if i want to setup one server and wish to have 4 clients (computers) connect to this server i need to pay what ?
Where are the prices for the MSDE CALS ?
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No it's only if you use a real SQL server, no cals are needed for MSDE, there is restrictions instead.

MSDE Licensing

MSDE is not for sale as a separate product. It is available for royalty-free redistribution by vendors under certain MSDE licensing conditions. You don't need to buy Client Access License if your application uses MSDE as a back-end. Check Microsoft's website for details on MSDE licensing.

Limiations of MSDE:
MSDE is intended for single user or small workgroup environments. The following are some of the MSDE limitations in comparison with SQL Server:

    * No Enterprise Manager
    * No Query Analyzer
    * No Index Tuning Wizard
    * Only 2GB RAM
    * Only 2GB database size limit
    * Only 2 CPUs
    * Only five concurrent batch workloads or 25 concurrent connections for websites
    * No Database Server Failover Support
    * No Full-text search
    * No SQL Server Profiler
    * No Import and Export Wizards
    * No OLAP
    * No English Query
    * No SQL Books Online
    * No Full or Bulk-Logged recovery model support (only simple)



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So concluding

If i currently have Visual Basic 6.0

I need to purchase Visual Studio.NET
Register as an MSDE redistributer

This willl allow me to freely distribute the MSDE server with my program

Right ?

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Correct, but keep in mind that only 5 concurrent user is allowed and if you use MSDE 1.0 you wont have to buy .NET

And depending on the version of .NET you buy it might be less expensive to buy a real Sql Server licence for $1,489 US with 5 CALs
( http://www.microsoft.com/sql/howtobuy/default.asp ).

And also before you buy anything, Visual Basic 6.0 is not included in the list ( http://www.microsoft.com/sql/msde/howtobuy/msderights.asp ) for MSDE 2000 but if I was you I would first give MS a call and make sure, I would not be surprised if MSDE 2000 is allowed to use with Visual Basic 6.0.


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Great Answer... If i could give you an A+ i would

Thanks
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Thank you very much mSchmidt !
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