Solved

SQL 2008 licensing in VM Ware

Posted on 2010-08-19
6
527 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Hello:
I would like to know if the following is correct regarding licensing of SQL 2008 in VM:
(VMWare)
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.

Please help.



0
Comment
Question by:goprasad
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
6 Comments
 
LVL 58

Expert Comment

by:cyberkiwi
ID: 33480757
Number of "processors" = number of physical processors.
So if you assign 4 cores to the VM from a 2 x quad machine, you can assume they are all from 1 processor and get a single per(1x)-processor license.
0
 
LVL 28

Expert Comment

by:bgoering
ID: 33481595
Take a look at http://www.dabcc.com/article.aspx?id=1546. This article does an excellent job of explaining your options.

Good Luck
0
 
LVL 58

Accepted Solution

by:
cyberkiwi earned 500 total points
ID: 33481624
http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/d/4/3d42bdc2-6725-4b29-b75a-a5b04179958b/Licensing_Microsoft_Server_Products_in_Virtual_Environments.docx

Virtual Processors Have the Same Number of Cores and Threads as Physical Processors—Each Fraction of a Virtual Processor Counts as a Full Virtual Processor

If the physical processors in the server have two cores, each virtual processor also has two cores from a licensing perspective, even if the cores are allocated from separate physical processors.
0
Free eBook: Backup on AWS

Everything you need to know about backup and disaster recovery with AWS, for FREE!

 
LVL 58

Expert Comment

by:cyberkiwi
ID: 33481636
Figure 7 shows a SQL Server setup with 2 cores, counting as 1 "CPU"
Hence my first comment, 4 cores = 1 CPU in a dual socket quad core setup.
0
 

Author Comment

by:goprasad
ID: 33490106
We won't be going for SQL 2008 R2  
But do you know of any Microsoft doco or URl which explains about SQL 2008 server licensing in VMWare
0
 
LVL 58

Expert Comment

by:cyberkiwi
ID: 33490129
The document linked above is published October 2008, which relates to the entire 2008 suite of products, including SQL Server 2008.
0

Featured Post

[Webinar] Code, Load, and Grow

Managing multiple websites, servers, applications, and security on a daily basis? Join us for a webinar on May 25th to learn how to simplify administration and management of virtual hosts for IT admins, create a secure environment, and deploy code more effectively and frequently.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
What Is an Error? 2 54
export vdswitch fails in web client and in powercli 6 85
grouping by date only 6 21
when sa SQL Login becomes locked 6 23
HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5), Step by Step Tutorial with screenshots. From Download, Checking Media, to Completed Installation.
In this article, I will show you HOW TO: Suppress Configuration Issues and Warnings Alert displayed in Summary status for ESXi 6.5 after enabling SSH or ESXi Shell.
Teach the user how to delpoy the vCenter Server Appliance and how to configure its network settings Deploy OVF: Open VM console and configure networking:
This video shows you how to use a vSphere client to connect to your ESX host as the root user. Demonstrates the basic connection of bypassing certification set up. Demonstrates how to access the traditional view to begin managing your virtual mac…

734 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question