We are upgrading to SQL Server Standard Edition 2012. Our legacy applications use distributed queries. We called our DBA and asked if we could have this turned on. Our DBA informed us that if distributed queries is turned on then the model goes from CAL license to CORE license. Since we have 16 cores, this is too much for us. I have tried looking this up in Microsoft license cost website, but can't find anything that says this. Anyone run into this? Did your cost go up as well once you turned on distributed queries?