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Sell old SQL 2005 discs and CAL


Sell old SQL 2005 discs and CAL

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Is it possible to sell on our no longer used SQL Server 2005 (standard edition) and 25 Client license?

or is this forbidden by T&C of the license?

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This might depend on the legal jurisdiction that currently applies in the country where the licences were purchased.

Within the EU, my understanding is that if you have purchased a perpetual license for some software, you can sell (or give) the license to another legal entity, regardless of the T&C within the licence. There are a few court decisions that support this view.

In other jurisdictions the licence T&C may govern what you can do.

One way to find out what applies in your area is to Google for licence resellers and ask if you can sell your licences. However, be aware that the older the software is, the lower the value of the license - SQL 2005 may now have a zero resale value.

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Does MS still offer upgrade pricing? Like you own SQL 2005 but you want to upgrade to 2012, we'll sell you the license at a discounted price and you effectively convert a SQL 2005 into a 2012 license..

But I agree with Ed's synopsis. T&C are always bound by the underlying laws and court decisions so no matter what the paper says you might be able to do what you want.

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Elliott has a good point. Regardless of the 'expiry date' on your current license, it is always worth putting some pressure on Microsoft, via your license reseller, to get some discount based on the licenses you already hold. We had to go through a very complex MS relicensing deal this year and had far better terms by the time we signed than what we were first offered.

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