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SQL 2005 Enterprise Licensing in Multi-CPU Server

In order to gain the performance benefits of a dual (or quad) CPU server, do you have to purchase SQL Server 2005 using the Processor Licensing model?

My project will only have 25 users, but will be based on a very large (and growing) collection of data. In order to reap the peformance benefits of a multi-processor server, I need to purchase the appropriate license. I've researched this over and over and still have not been able to determine if a Server plus User CAL license for 25 users will realize performance gains on a multi-processor server.

If we have to purchase additional processor licenses, then so be it, although that would really suck (from a cost standpoint) considering the number of users.

Please advise.

Thanks.
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ccimonroe
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Einstine98Commented:
Server + CAL should use all the CPUs, you pay per CAL...
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Einstine98Commented:
and you can ask MS partner that you are buying the license from :-)
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dstanley9Commented:
You do not have to use per-processor licenses to use multiple processors.

25 CAL licenses will be much cheaper that 2 or 4 per-processor license and will use all available processors.
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