Purchase SQL 2016 Standard? Possible Still?

  • Is it possible to purchase SQL 2016 Standard still? I have a requirement to load this for specific software, and see I can still get evals on Microsoft site, but under "BUY" it says upgrade to Server 2019. Are vendors like CDW/Insight able to provide licensing for this still?

  • you buy the license for 2019 - and that license allows you to install 2016 as part of downgrade license terms.

    see https://docs.microsoft.com/answers/storage/attachments/96089-sql-server-2019-licensing-guide.pdf - page 39

    so you to install sql 2016 standard you would need to buy either SQL 2019 standard or enterprise, and install the desired SQL 2016 version.

  • That is my understanding as well. But I'd still suggest talking to someone who specializes in licensing because it's quite complex now.

    SQL DBA,SQL Server MVP(07, 08, 09) "Money can't buy you happiness." Maybe so, but it can make your unhappiness a LOT more comfortable!

  • info is on MS licensing document itself - if that one is wrong ....

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