SQLAuthority News – SQL Server 2008 Pricing and Licensing

Note: SQL Server 2008 Pricing and Licensing by Microsoft

SQL Server licensing and pricing are to intervined subjects and very important. I strongly suggest to use properly licensed SQL Server in any production environment. The concept of licensing can be confusing sometime to new administrators. If there is any confusion one should read following documentation from Microsoft for the purpose of clear idea and understanding.

SQL Server 2008 is available under three licensing models:
Server plus device client access license (CAL). Requires a license for the computer running the Microsoft server product, as well as CALs for each client device.
Server plus user client access license (CAL). Requires a license for the computer running the Microsoft server product, as well as CALs for each user.
Processor license. Requires a single license for each CPU in the operating system environment running SQL Server. This license includes unlimited client device access.

Following document explains key licensing considerations for SQL Server 2008 customers.

SQL Server 2008 Pricing and Licensing

Abstract courtesy : Microsoft

Reference : Pinal Dave (https://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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  • Hi Pinal dave

    I have both 64bit installations (Cluster) and 32 bit installations; those are in SQL Server 2000/2005.

    Now I recommended my company (MNC) to upgrade to SQL Server 2008.they agreed my proposal and they are ready to buy now.

    Please tell me I have bought two versions separately or I will get both versions in single pack?

    If not please could you suggest me what I have to ask my company to buy to get both versions.

  • Hi Pinal,

    Can you please suggest what version/licence type you advise for the dedicated distribution server in a replication topology..

    if we use the Server plus user client access license (CAL). then how many cals would we need since there will only be 1 or 2 users account from the publisher/subscriber.

    thanks in advance.

  • Ganapathi varma
    June 12, 2013 2:10 pm

    hi pinal,

    how to cancel the licensing for sql server in already installed sql server.?

  • HI Pinal,

    I have a few doubts about licensing. My Application database installed in the server system and the application installed in the users system which access the centralized database to store and read data. I use the table level user structure (user id & password) for users login and only use default MSSQL user (Default ‘SA’ ) for database connection using MSSQL instances from other computers in the same network.

    Application: Dot net
    DB: MSSQL Server 2008 Standard
    maximum users Login: 10 [ user name & passwords maintain in a table ]
    Sql Connection: default Instances & SA login

    What kind of server License I should buy. Do I need to buy client license? Since I am not creating any users other than SA.

    Please advice me.



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