Licensing SQL Server 2019 on VMWARE

Edgar Toia Neto 1 Reputation point
2021-03-29T11:18:59.473+00:00

Hi Everyone,

Our company has SQL Server 2014 and 2016 and will acquire licenses for SQL Server 2019.

Our environment is in VMWARE, and as I understand it, one license is required for each V-Core that the server is using.

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So if my server has 12 V-Core will I need 12 licenses?

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I read this document from Microsoft and understood it this way, is that correct?

SQL%20Server%202019%20Licensing%20guide.pdf

Thanks...

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  1. Tom Phillips 17,511 Reputation points
    2021-03-29T12:57:02.64+00:00

    For detailed information about the license issue, please call 1-800-426-9400, Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. (Pacific Time) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist. For international customers, please use the https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/worldwide to find contact information in your locations.

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  2. AmeliaGu-MSFT 13,881 Reputation points
    2021-03-30T02:31:25.363+00:00

    Hi EdgarToiaNeto-5208,

    Yes, I think you are right. To license individual VMs using the Per Core model, we must purchase a core license for each v-core (or virtual processor, virtual CPU, virtual thread) allocated to the VM for SQL Server 2019 Standard Edition.
    For the license issue, please call 1-800-426-9400, Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. (Pacific Time) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist. For international customers, please use the https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/worldwide to find contact information in your locations. For Volume Licensing Service Support, please use the https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/servicecenter/Help/Contact.aspx to contact information for your country.

    Best Regards,
    Amelia


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