Will it be same ISO file for Core based and CAL based licensed SQL Server?

TheDBLearningGuy 171 Reputation points

I have an ISO file provided by internal licensing team, they have confirmed that it is for Core based licensing. Now can I use the same ISO file for one of the server where we want it to be CAL based.

Please confirm.

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  1. Seeya Xi-MSFT 16,461 Reputation points

    Hi @TheDBLearningGuy ,

    Welcome to Microsoft Q&A!
    Here is a similar thread you can refer to: https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/2181691-sql-server-installation-for-core-vs-cal

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  1. Olaf Helper 43,166 Reputation points

    The license is driven by the product key, not by the installation media.
    You could even download the Evaluation Edition to install it with your product key.

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  2. Tom Phillips 17,721 Reputation points

    It depends on the version of SQL Server. Older versions had different media based on licensing. Since SQL 2016, they are all the same media, controlled by the product key.

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  3. TheDBLearningGuy 171 Reputation points

    Since the Product key is inbuilt\integrated in an ISO file which was provided by Licensing team. I had to receive a different ISO files from the team for Core and CAL.

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