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SQL Server 2008 Workgroup - Do I Need a processor licence?

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I could run this question by Microsoft but I think they'll just tell me I need the full version, so I'd like an unbiased opinion.

I run a small SQL Sever 2005 Express database that has grown over the years and will shortly be used to store a lot of images of contracts that relate to the workorders it currently tracks. I could use the filestream option in 2008 express to tackle this, but filestream requires windows authentication and I KNOW my application does not work with windows authentication. I just didn't know what database security was about when it was written.

So.... to get past the 4GB limit I know I have to upgrade. Because this database is isolated on its own internal network security has never been much of a concern so the application signs in as the same generic user for all 50-75 people who use it.

Can I purchase a 5 user version of SQL Server 2008 Workgroup to upgrade since the only "users" signing into it are myself and the generic application user?

We will happily pay for a processor licence if that's the legitimate way to do it, it just seems to me that if I don't have a need to control the database security of everyone individually that I shouldn't have to pony up for the full processor version.

If someone could tell me 1) Would the 5 user thing even work and 2) Is attempting to use it that way legit, I'd appreciate the input.


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According to Microsoft, you always need that number of licenses where there are "real" users.
So using only a 5 User license, because there is only one service user is a no-go for them.

I'm affraid you have to buy 50-75 CALs or a processor license for your server.

A little story to our licensing problematics:

Server A - collects data and builds a database and copies it to Server B.
Server B - is used in a website and users request data over the internet from the database.

They say we need a processor license for server B and A! because it's Database is indirectly used by an unlimited number of users when its copied over to server B.
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lol ya, if they say you need one for both they'd definitely have a fit if I used mine that way. Thanks.
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