SQL 2008 licensing in VM Ware
Posted on 2010-08-19
I would like to know if the following is correct regarding licensing of SQL 2008 in VM:
If we have a physical SQL box licensed for 2 x processors, quadcore and would like to move to VM. Microsoft says that in VM, each core is considered as a processor and should be licensed for it, in above case it will be 8 cores, therefore we should have license for 8 cores to move it to a VM?
My understanding was that if we build a VM with a single processor, you license for that processor, not the number of cores.
We are looking at upgrading SQL 2005 to SQL 2008 and therefore interested in understanding what MS advise specific to SQL 2008 licensing in VMWare.