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SQL Server Licensing Resources


Licensing and Pricing Resources for SQL Server


As I work with a particular topic or problem, I often research on the Internet

different opinions, white papers, etc. Here is a list of resources that are located both

on SQL Server Central and other sites that I have found useful.

Online Resources - General

SQL Server 2000 Pricing and LicensingWhich license do you need? Download this .doc.
Active / Passive LicensingAn explanation of the licensing for the passive node of a cluster.
Multiple Instances LicensingYou need separate licenses for each instance for Standard editions. Enterprise can have as many as you want.
Multi Tiered Architecture LicensingYou still have to adhere to the CAL/Per processer licensing for n-tier'ed architectures.
Personal Edition LicensingThere is not separate product here. This is included if you buy the server (Enterprise or Standard) and have a CAL.
MSDE LicensingRead this if you use MSDE. Some funny licensing.
SQL Server CE EditionNeed a CAL for developers. Can redistribute license free.
How to BuyHow to buy SQL Server 2000 along with some licensing options.
Trial SoftwareShows where and how to get trial software.
System RequirementsA list of requirements for SQL 2000 editions.
Microsoft LicensingThe Microsoft site devoted to licensing of their software and a good place for information that you may have about terms of a license.


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