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SBS 2011 Premium AddOn. SQL 2012 version

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I have a client with SBS 2011 server installed and secondary server running Win Server R2 with SQL installed on it.
When you get a premium AddOn you get a additional license to install Win Server 2008 R2 and to install SQL.
I have done the installation few month ago, and now I am trying to remember what I did.

SBS 2011 server part is fine.

My question is about the SQL version that comes with SBS 2011.

When I originally installed this additional server with Win Server 2008 R2 and SQL - it was just installed and left alone (waiting for application vendor and client to get ready for installation)

Somehow I ended up with SQL 2012 installed on that machine.
Now when I try to go to MS Licensing to download the media  - only version SQL 2008R2 is available. But few month ago I downloaded SQL 2012 with SP1 from the same site.

I kind'a remember that the newest version of SBS2011 at some point came with SQL 2012 - am I dreaming or just getting old?
The only way I could have gotten that media is by downloading it off the MS Licensing Site.

So my question is again - Does the SBS 2011 Premium AddOn come with 2012 version of SQL? or only 2008 version?

And if it does why can't I download the media anymore.
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The premium add-on included SQL 2008. It never included 2012 and thus no media would be made available in the VLSC for contracts with that product.
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In the mean time I have found this article:

http://thewestcoastblog.wordpress.com/category/sbs-2011

(see the part: Small Business Server Software Assurance grant has been revised)

My client's license was purchased in March / April 2013 and media was downloaded at this time from VLSC site.
From the article you can conclude that at about that time SQL 2012 was available to SBS2011 Premium AddOn.
I know that the format of the file looks like it was downloaded from VLSC site and I know that it would be the only source for me for that file.

Additionally I have quickly tried to install it in test environment and it comes with installation key in it (the key shows up in the proper spot without user needing to enter it - just the same as on the media with SQL 2008 for SBS 2011.)

I think I will try to call Microsoft tomorrow.
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by:Cliff Galiher
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Did you *buy* software assurance when you bought the license in March/April? That is a separate (and significantly expensive) purchase and it does change things. You had not mentioned software assurance previously.
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I am still trying to get to MS licensing on this
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