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Posted Tuesday, March 05, 2013 9:44 AM


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So I logged into our MSDN subscription and there it was SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition with No Product Key Required next to it. Went ahead and downloaded and installed it on several servers thinking our subscription has covered the cost.

Now I realise that I was wrong and need to go for Standard Edition instead.

Why don't they make it clearer on the website? So when you click on download it tells you about the licensing structure for SQL Server.

Also, is there a way of downgrading from Enterprise to Standard if no Enterprise level features are used? Or would I have to uninstall/re-install?


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Full or Evaluation?

I do not see 'Full Enterprise to Standard' here but you could try it via the 'edition upgrade' option in setup. It won't take long to find out.


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Uninstall, reinstall. Edition upgrade is for upgrades not downgrades.


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Posted Wednesday, March 06, 2013 5:23 AM


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Yea thanks guys. I'm going to install a named instance on each of the servers and start making the changes.

Once again, MS should make it clearer when it comes to licensing costs. I mean really, the Enterprise Edition shouldn't be available for download unless one has purchased the license.


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To be fair, msdn scrips offer more than just the bare min and the licenses state that the software is there for 'dev use only.' This is to support dev shops developing third party software for others to purchase or run in their environment and having those additional versions and editions of Windows, SQL, Exchange, etc. are there so testing labs can be setup, not for use in your production environment.

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Posted Wednesday, March 06, 2013 8:40 AM


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To be fair, msdn scrips offer more than just the bare min and the licenses state that the software is there for 'dev use only.' This is to support dev shops developing third party software for others to purchase or run in their environment and having those additional versions and editions of Windows, SQL, Exchange, etc. are there so testing labs can be setup, not for use in your production environment.


So why have Enterprise Edition AND Developer Edition available for download and no product key required?
If MSDN software is for DEV use only, surely only the Developer edition of SQL Server should be made available for download or at least you should get a friendly warning message when downloading the Enterprise Edition?


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Posted Wednesday, March 06, 2013 9:13 AM


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Different OS requirements for one. I suppose a warning would be a kind addition to the site.

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