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?


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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 to find contact information in your locations. For Volume Licensing Service Support, please use the to contact information for your country.

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


    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.

    See also eBook "SQL Server 2017 Licensing Guide"

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