SQL Server License for 4 core VM with hyperthreading enabled?

Chirag Sachdeva 281 Reputation points
2022-03-23T16:16:09.607+00:00

Hi All,

If I have a VM with 4 cores. Hyper-threading is enabled on the VM so total 8 logical cores. So if I have to license it, Should I buy 4 core license or 8 core license. Kindly help on this.

Thanks
Chirag

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  1. CathyJi-MSFT 21,096 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2022-03-24T03:23:54.873+00:00

    Hi @Chirag Sachdeva ,

    Quote from MS document Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Licensing guide;

    >Note: The use of hyper-threading technology does not affect the number of core licenses required when running SQL Server software in a physical OSE.

    Please also check if this blog Hyper-threading doesn’t count for virtual SQL licensing could help you.

    In addition, this is a SQL server tech issue forum, for SQL server license issue, I suggest that you can consult professionals in this area. 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. Or you can go to Volume Licensing Service Center support. Please choose region/language and choose to call or have web. People there will help you more effectively.


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  2. Tom Phillips 17,716 Reputation points
    2022-03-23T16:26:56.89+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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