core based SQL server?

Posted on 2013-06-10
Last Modified: 2013-06-12
I saw an sql server that was standard and another that was standard "core-based".   What is the difference between these two types of SQL servers?
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Racim BOUDJAKDJI earned 100 total points
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I am not sure but you probably are referring to installing SQL Server over a regular Windows server installation as opposed to installing SQL Server on a windows core installation.  A windows core installation allows SQL Server to run on the top of an operating systems stripped down of all functionnalities that are unnecessary for SQL Server to be able to run.  Functionalities include visual interfacing at first.  The result of such stripping down is to lighten the windows platform hence to improve SQL Server performance.
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Thomasian earned 200 total points
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SQL Server 2012 Standard has 2 types of licensing, "Server+CAL" or "Per Core". The features are the same, the only difference is how you pay for the license.

Read the licensing guide for more info:

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Does one have better performance over the other?
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Thomasian earned 200 total points
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No. They are the same. The only difference is the licensing model.

For "Per Core" licensing, you license each core running SQL Server.
For "Server + CAL" licensing, you have to license each server plus another license for each user/device (CAL). CAL stands for Client Access License.
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OK so perhaps this was about licensing.  Licensing has nothing to do with performance and everything with how much money you can put into it .  Look for the most economic solution/
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jonnidip earned 100 total points
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Yes, it is about licensing and not about the os type (even if "windows server core" can lead to confusion, in this case).
There is no absolute "most economic solution", since it really depends on your needs.
You should take a look at both licensing types and find yourself what is the best for you.
I also suggest you to contact a vendor, since the prices on the MS website are approx..
Please read this guide: SQL_Server_2012_Licensing_Reference_Guide.pdf


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Curious question.  If I just get the normal SQL server and install it what happens if I don't buy enough licenses.  For example lets say that I have only 2 cals and then I have 12 users accessing it?

What happens?
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David Todd earned 100 total points
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I believe that it will work until you are audited, and then not only will you have to pay licencing, but likely a fine as well.


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