I work for a small department at a university. I'm looking at provisioning a new server to move from SQL Server 2005, to SQL Server 2012. Then university has an agreement with Dell, so it will be a Dell server (we've had good luck with them, so that's not a problem from my point of view).
The question I'm having is that I'm wondering about how to configure the Windows server, in order to help keep the cost of SQL Server 2012 down? We'll probably go with SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition, as I don't think we'll need features of the Enterprise Edition (I wish we could, but oh well). I remember hearing a Run As Radio podcast in which Richard Campbell was talking about provisioning a server for SQL 2012, and I think there a way of keeping the cost down, either by how many processors you have in it, or something like that. I've heard that Microsoft has changed the cost structure with the introduction of SQL Server 2012, so I'd like some advise along these lines, please.
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