Microsoft Licensing

Posted on 2013-02-01
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Last Modified: 2013-02-17
I have a network of Microsoft servers all 2003 and 2008. Some SQL 2005/2008 and exchange 2007. I am checking licensing and need to find out if these technologies are licensed by core or by processor. I know there has been a change for 2012 but as yet I have no 2012 servers.  Please don't give me MS links : ) its just purely this specific question I want to find out. thanks
Question by:Sid_F
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by:Manpreet SIngh Khatra
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In Older versions it was more over just for the Server but for 2012 i guess its the same and you could call MS support just to check with the details or some Vendor to confirm

- Rancy
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Lee W, MVP earned 2000 total points
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The ONLY people you should TRUST with an answer is Microsoft and that even then, I'd insist on some kind of documentation from them of whatever they told you.  To be clear:

Licensing advice offered here is a "best effort" and based on the understanding of the respondents. Licenses can change and we may not be aware of these changes or may misunderstand them. Further, licenses can differ by country and/or region and what we understand to be true in our region could be false in your region. "they told me on Experts-Exchange" will not be a valid defense in a software audit.  All licensing questions should be confirmed with the appropriate licensing authority (the maker of the software/issuer of the license).  

We can offer general guidance, but at the end of the day, we are NOT Microsoft.

As a general guide, NOTHING is licensed PER CORE from Microsoft.  Everything is Per Processor or Per Machine.  And some things (most server related things) also require CALs.

This was one of the big differentiators in Microsoft Licensing.  When multiple cores were being released, Microsoft announced (unlike Oracle at the time) that SQL would be SOCKET based and not CORE based.  So a 12 CORE single socket was not going to be 12x as expensive as Oracle's licensing scheme.  Oracle countered with a technicality - they did something to discount cores and in a sense, charge per socket but call it something different if I remember correctly... but that was 7-10 years ago.

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