Licensing - Training and QA environment

  • Well these are the answers taken directly from Microsoft's homepage, this includes the paragraph about every tester see the following page:

    Q. What is SQL Server 2008 Developer edition and how is it licensed?


    SQL Server 2008 Developer edition is SQL Server 2008 Enterprise licensed per developer and must be used for designing, developing, and testing purposes only. There is no limit on the number of installations as long as those instances are used only by the licensed developer/tester.


  • I think this is right as long as you do it for an application that you have developed, but for an application developed by a third party that might not be the case. I will contact Microsoft to get an "official" answer.


  • Do that but when you do it please verify that they run it past the license business desk since these are the people that have the authoritative answer. Not everyone that work at Microsoft know everything about the licensing rules.

  • Lynn Pettis (11/28/2008)

    Just playing the Devil's Advocate here, but couldn't you consider user training of an application using SQL Server 2005 as the database backend a "demonstration use"?

    Ya beat me to it...

    --Jeff Moden

    RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
    First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
    ________Stop thinking about what you want to do to a ROW... think, instead, of what you want to do to a COLUMN.
    "Change is inevitable... change for the better is not".
    "Dear Lord... I'm a DBA so please give me patience because, if you give me strength, I'm going to need bail money too!"

    Helpful Links:
    How to post code problems
    How to Post Performance Problems
    Create a Tally Function (fnTally)

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