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DBAs are you licensed correctly?


Review of article: SQL Server 2019 Licensing: How Much Does It Cost and What’s Included? by Joseph D’Antoni a Principal Consultant for Denny Cherry and Associates Consulting.

Is there anything more frustrating than trying to figure out Microsoft SQL Server licensing rules? D’Antoni’s article clears up a few points and is a worthy read.

SQL Server 2019 Retail pricing

  • SQL Server Enterprise Edition: $7,128 per core
  • SQL Server Standard Edition: $1,859 per core
  • SQL Server Standard Edition Server Licensing: $931 plus $209 per named user client access license (CAL)

SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition

  • FREE !!!
  • Run any nonproduction workloads (NO PRODUCTION)
  • Can be used for testing, training, and user acceptance

SQL Server 2019 Virtual machine (VM) pricing

  • A virtual CPU is a physical CPU
  • License all cores on a physical host for Enterprise Edition and buy Software Assurance to get unlimited SQL Server EE VMs

Software Assurance (SA)

  • SQL Server licenses can move between machines (think VM)
  • Microsoft’s frequent release cycle makes it is foolish not to buy it

These and many other confusing Microsoft SQL Server licensing rules are discussed in the article. I give the article “SQL Server 2019 Licensing: How Much Does It Cost and What’s Included?” a thumbs up! Right?

Note: If you are a glutton for punishment, you can also download the official “Microsoft SQL Server 2019 licensing datasheet” or the “Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Licensing guide


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