sql liscence keys

If you have numerous installations of SQL Server in your infrastructure (with various different versions and licensing models in operation) – when you purchase a new copy of SQL Server – do MS give you a licence key that needs entering before the software is fully functional?
Likewise – when you purchase SQL CAL’s – is there a licence key to enter on the end users’ desktop before the CAL works?
If you have a central log of all software licences, it appears hard to determine were that software has been deployed (i.e. which server it’s been installed on), so if you could tie up licence keys it would be a lot easier.
Second part of the question will be to see if there’s a query to extract the keys to compare to the key entered to activate the software with the inventory of purchases licences.
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Cris HannaCommented:
Typically this would fall in the category of Volume Licensing and what's called a MAK (Multiple Activation Key)
You can learn more about it here http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/activation/existing-customers/product-activation.aspx

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When I buy Microsoft SQL through a volume licensing program there are no keys that need to be entered into any system. This is true for SQL Server and SQL CALs. I don't go through any sort of activation process with SQL.
pma111Author Commented:
in that case do you have procedures to document what was installed where? to keep track on things?
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I use a spreadsheet to keep track of where I have SQL Server installed.
pma111Author Commented:
For volume liscensing and mak keys is it normally per version ie one volume and mak kry for sql 2008 another for sql 2005 etc or can they cover both?
There are no MAK or KMS keys for SQL, so there is nothing like that to keep track of.
Eugene ZCommented:
try to use Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) tool that will give you details about what sql servers and kind licenses you have



about keys
if you have installation DVD you will see the # during installation
BTW: what is your sql server version\edition?
e.g. sql express is for free...
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