SQL 2008 standard multiple instalces

Posted on 2013-12-19
Last Modified: 2013-12-20
Dear SQL experts,

I have SQL 2008 standard with "JKR_APP" instalnce. This instalce is running SP3. I need to install another application (Autodesk Vault) witch is not compatible with SP3.

So I decided to add an new instance to existing SQL 2008 standard server, but unfortunately I have no experience with multiple instances.

Do I need more SQL standard licences when using multiple instances?
Can I add instance with lower version of service pack?

Question by:Jaroslav Latal
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Raja Jegan R earned 500 total points
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If your earlier license is based on CPU, then you might not require the need for a new license for the second instance.
And yes, you can have another instance present with a lower version of service pack.

<<I need to install another application (Autodesk Vault) witch is not compatible with SP3.

I'm not sure why you mentioned that Autodesk Vault is not compatible with SP3 because it should support..

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by:Jaroslav Latal
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Hi rrjegan17,

Thanks for quick answer!

I mean Autodesk Vault 2011, sorry I did not mentioned the version.

I cannot find information about license mode. We have SBS 2011 premium server witch brings SQL 2008 R2 standard. We just downgraded it to non-R2 version.
You think we will need second SQL 2008 standard licence?

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by:Raja Jegan R
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Ok, I hope Autodesk Vault 2011 installs SQL Server 2005 Express if you don't have any licensed version of SQL Server available with you then SQL Server 2005 Express installation will be taken care automatically by the Vault installation.
If you have a licensed SQL Server installer already available with you, then you can create a named instance by following the below steps:

And then point Vault to use this instance.

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by:Jaroslav Latal
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Vault database is greater then 4GB, so SQL 2008 express will not work due to a db limit.
Autodesk Vault 2011 do not support SQL 2008 R2 (express has 10GB limit in R2).

If I understand it well, then I need SQL 2008 standard licence  for each instance :(

Thanks for Your help.

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by:Raja Jegan R
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Yes, if your database size can exceed 4GB, then you need to go with Standard license only.

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