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Installation with Two Processors

We purchased a couple servers with two processors.  We would like to remove one from each as they are not necessary and would double the cost of our sql licensing.  Is there any downside to installing Windows Server 2003 with both processors and then removing one of them?  It is possible that we will need to add the second processor down the road.  It seems like a I ran into an issue with this under 2000, but I was looking for something concrete.
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First of all - make sure that you remove the correct one! ;-)
I would always install the OS after deciding on the number of installed processors.
For future proofing - you should really have both CPUs installed, and used.
SQL Standard licensing isn't too steep - when you use Enterprise - it starts getting expensive...
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you would have to confirm with MS really. In the I linked they mentioned that MS told them it was not a violation as long as you restrict to one processor. I would verify with Microsoft before I made any changes. I just can't see pulling out a proc and wasting it to just run a specific version of SQL
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Confirmed with MS and this IS a violation of the SQL processor license.  We have decided to just install the OS with both processors and then remove one.  We'll see if anything breaks.
man that's crazy, don't know why they would program it that way.

it's a trap !! Thanks for clearing it up though
Why is this question being deleted?  The question has been answered and there is some valuable information in here for others to consider.
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The valuable information here is on the sql side, but does not pertain to the original question.  No one offered advice as to what would happen if we installed the OS with two procs and then removed one or vice versa.  All the talk turned to sql and that is good info, but does not pertain to the original question.
The Windows response is within the PAQ's mentioned.  Vee_Mod, I agree with PAQ'ing the question for Q_23047522.
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What is PAQ?  I don't have a problem giving credit for this, but who are you to tell me if my question was answered or not?
In addition, if you read the second paragraph I do specifically address that - even noting that the same HAL would be used if the processor was either dual core or Hyper Threaded.