SQL Server 2012 license

Posted on 2014-02-21
Last Modified: 2014-02-27
There are two copy of SQL 2012 server for download,

SQL Server 2012 standard Edition SP1 - Per Core
SQL Server 2012 standard edition SP1 - Server/CAL

What's the different between -Server and Per Core ? Tks
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by:Carl Tawn
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With Server/CAL licensing you licence SQL Server to run on server, and buy CALs for each user who will access it. With the Core licencing model you licence SQL Server based on the number of cores on the machine (or VM) on which it will run - in this case you can have as many connections as you like and don't need to have CALs for individual users.

Which licencing model you need will depend on what you intend to do with it, and the number of users who will be accessing the SQL Server.

If you need Server/CAL licencing then there is a tipping point where it becomes cheaper to go with the Core model instead. Microsoft provide a calculator to help determine where that point is.

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A server with 1 physical and 8 cores. Should i go for server liccnse or cores licenses.

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What are you planning to use the SQL Server for, and how many users will need to access it?
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200 users
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200 users puts you into the area where it might be cheaper to go with core licensing. You can find a simplified overview of the licencing models here:

But I would suggest you speak to Microsoft directly about your requirements as they are best placed to give you your options and specific dollar values of each.
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