September 21, 2022 at 5:46 pm
We have licensing for SQL 2017. But one of the application doesn’t support SQL 2017. It supports SQL 2016. How to install SQL 2016 with sql 2017 license?
September 21, 2022 at 6:14 pm
Won't the application still work if you install 2017 and simply set the compatibility level to 2016?
September 21, 2022 at 7:05 pm
Check the Licensing Guide for SQL server (https://download.microsoft.com/download/e/2/9/e29a9331-965d-4faa-bd2e-7c1db7cd8348/SQL_Server_2019_Licensing_guide.pdf)
That doc is for 2019, but the relevant section hasn't changed for several versions.
Search the Licensing Guide for 'Downgrade rights'. A license for an edition of one version is good for the same (supported) edition of prior versions.
Eddie WuerchMCM: SQL
September 22, 2022 at 5:40 am
I think Eddie has it nailed.
However, if you really want the single most solid answers to licensing questions, I'd go to Microsoft, not the forums. After all, they always get final say, not matter what any of us think.
----------------------------------------------------The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood... Theodore RooseveltThe Scary DBA Author of: SQL Server 2017 Query Performance Tuning, 5th Edition and SQL Server Execution Plans, 3rd EditionProduct Evangelist for Red Gate Software
September 22, 2022 at 1:06 pm
I got the word from our license buying department that it doesn´t matter what version i am running ( we have only Std ed). A sql license is a sql license (if you buy for a server.. ) .. But as Grant says, MS has the final word....
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