Windows 2012 R2 server + SQL server 2014

Dear all,

right now try to use new windows server + SQL server for an application.

MS here only sales Windows 2012 R2 and SQL server 2014 license, as we are currently running Windows 2008 R2 enterprise to build a 2 x nodes clusters and install SQL server 2008 R2 standard edition on top of 2 x nodes Windows 2008 R2 cluster, we are not sure if Windows 2012 R2 standard edition to form a 2 x nodes clusters and the install SQL server 2014 standard edition on top of this 2 x nodes Windows 2012 R2 cluster.

Please share the possibility of it !

so if we have 3 x nodes for cluster then we need to use Windows 2012 R2 Enterprise edition and SQL server 2014 enterprise edition ?
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marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)Asked:
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
so if we have 3 x nodes for cluster then we need to use Windows 2012 R2 Enterprise edition and SQL server 2014 enterprise edition ?
Yes for SQL Server 2014 EE and no for Windows Server 2012R2 EE.
SQL Server 2014 Standard Edition supports until 2 cluster nodes. For Windows Server 2012R2 there's no limitation for the number of a cluster nodes in any edition.
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marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)Author Commented:
hey man, thsnk for that, are you posting adv in somewhere as I seems recogonise you in other internet post.

"For Windows Server 2012R2 there's no limitation for the number of a cluster nodes in any edition. "

so Windows server 2012 R2 standard edition can do a 2x nodes cluster and than SQL server 2014/2008 R2/2012 standard edition can install on top of it and form a 2 x nodes cluster?

if so, who will buy Windows server 2012 R2 EE then ? no need any more, any comparsion charT?
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
There's no Enterprise Edition for Windows Server 2012. Microsoft now offer Standard and Datacenter editions.
You can read more about it here.
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marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)Author Commented:
"There's no Enterprise Edition for Windows Server 2012. Microsoft now offer Standard and Datacenter editions."

yes!

standard eidtion seems only different from DC edition in terms of virtual machine! and the rest of the feature is the same, is that right?

and SQL server 2014 standard edition in this case has the limit, only 2 nodes clusters, agree?
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Yes, I agree.
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marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)Author Commented:
so do you think it is a vaild approach to build a 2 x nodes cluster by Windows 2012 R2 standard edition and then install SQL server 2014 standard edition on top of it to form a 2 x nodes SQL server 2014 clustered server?
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Yes, it's valid.
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marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)Author Commented:
tks.
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marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)Author Commented:
one thing, TDE encryption rise on SQL server 2008 R2 enterprise edition, right ? any real life comparsion between the performance of TDE on SQL server 2008 R2 enterprise and SQL 2012 enterprise edition?
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Yes, it's only available on Enterprise Edition but I can't tell you if there's differences in performance between SQL Server versions. I don't even know if someone did that comparison already.
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marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)Author Commented:
so do you think it is a vaild approach to build a 2 x nodes cluster by Windows 2012 R2 standard edition and then install SQL server 2014 ENTERPRISE EDITION on top of it to form a 2 x nodes SQL server 2014 clustered server?
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
If you need TDE or another feature only available in Enterprise Edition, then yes. Otherwise MSSQL 2014 Standard Edition will fit your needs just fine.
Both the OS needs to be  Windows 2012 R2 standard edition for you can create the cluster.
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marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)Author Commented:
"If you need TDE or another feature only available in Enterprise Edition, then yes"

yes, that's the reason ! we need TDE !

TDE has to encrypt the whole database instead of table by table, right?

" Otherwise MSSQL 2014 Standard Edition will fit your needs just fine."

yes !

"Both the OS needs to be  Windows 2012 R2 standard edition for you can create the cluster."

you mean both edition of SQL server (Standard and enterprise), right ? so Windows 2012 R2 standard + SQL server 2014 enterprise edition, right?
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Yes to all questions :)
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