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Windows2003 cluster liecense

Posted on 2009-07-02
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Hello

 do i need to buy 2 windows2003 enterprise liecenses if i need to have 2 clustred SQL2005 enterprise server ?

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i need one Windows 2003 enterprise liecense ,and it doesnt matter how may nodes i will add and if its standrd edition ??

thanks in advance for your help guys  
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by:Jim P.
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It depends on how you are running it. If it is Active/Passive then you would only need the one license.

If you are running it as an Active/Active -- A default instance on one node and named instance on the other, then you need 2 licenses.
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Lee W, MVP earned 250 total points
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I disagree - you would need TWO Enterprise Licenses even in Active/Passive.  Standard does not come with any clustering ability so you cannot create a two node cluster (active/active or active/passive) without two enterprise licenses.

That said, NO ANSWER POSTED HERE will save you from a software audit if you are found to be in violation.  Contact Microsoft's Licensing and Presales Support.
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