Limiting core licensing for SQL Server 2014 Standard (VM)

asked 2021-11-11T10:05:19.393+00:00
mo boy 306 Reputation points

Dear Team,

By making use of CPU affinity and enabling 4 CPUs (total 8) , can we limit the licensing to only 4 cores?

This SQL server is running on a VM.

Could you please share your feedback?

Thanks

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  1. answered 2021-11-12T02:24:27.15+00:00
    AmeliaGu-MSFT 13,876 Reputation points

    Hi moboy-9601,

    To license individual VMs using the Per Core model, customers must purchase a core license for each v-core (or virtual processor, virtual CPU, virtual thread) allocated to the VM, subject to a four core license minimum per VM.
    Please refer to Page 9 to Page 12 of the SQL Server 2014 Licensing Guide for more details.
    And if you have any question about the license issue, you can speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist as Olaf mentioned. 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://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/contact-us to contact information for your country.

    Best Regards,
    Amelia


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  1. answered 2021-11-11T10:28:22.05+00:00
    Olaf Helper 25,556 Reputation points

    Hello,

    This is a community forum for technical questions & issues.

    For question regarding pricing / licensing please contact a Microsoft sales partner or licensing expert.

    Call (1-800-426-9400), Monday through Friday, 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM PST to speak directly to Microsoft licensing specialist.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-2017-pricing

    See also eBook "SQL Server 2017 Licensing Guide"
    https://download.microsoft.com/download/B/C/0/BC0B2EA7-D99D-42FB-9439-2C56880CAFF4/SQL_Server_2017_Licensing_Datasheet.pdf

    https://download.microsoft.com/download/8/7/3/8733d036-92b0-4cb8-8912-3b6ab966b8b2/multiplexing.pdf

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