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Neil Latman asked a question on 18 Aug 2014 4:49 PM

I am looking to upgrade to SL2011 F1, SP2 and would also like to upgrade to SQL2012.  Originally the SQL licenses were included in our software cost and SQL upgrades were provided under our maintenance contract.  Is that still the case and how do I am obtain the new SQL licenses?

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PerumalSamy R responded on 19 Aug 2014 3:57 AM

Hello Neil Latman,

When you upgrade from SQL Server 2008 R2 (or below) to SQL Server 2012 using your Software Assurance rights you can continue to use your existing license model until the end of your Software Assurance cycle. This means that if you have CPU licenses under SQL Server 2008 R2 you can continue to use those CPU licenses under SQL Server 2012 until your Software Assurance expires.

Once it expires you will need to true up on the number of CPU Cores.  When this true up happens each CPU license that you had before will count towards a minimum of 4 CPU Cores (if you have Data Center Edition CPU licenses of SQL Server 2008 R2 you will be credited a minimum of 8 CPU Cores for each CPU license).If you have a large server that needs upgrading talk to you Microsoft Account Manager or Microsoft Partner about the core credit that you’ll get for your legacy CPU licenses. 

Below URL explains the licensing model of SQL server 2012

http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/sql-server/sql-server-2012-licensing-changes/

Hope this helps.

Thanks,

Perumalsamy R

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Brian Schock responded on 5 Sep 2014 2:20 PM

Hi Neil,

I saw your posting when I had to locate the SQL download link myself for a customer remote installation. Sometines locating files on the Dynamics site is unnecessarily conplex, and the site indexing doesn't always provide the most appropriate links.

Searching the Microsoft Partnersource site for "SQL Runtime" will provide you links to a series of documents that describe Microsoft's current terms for runtime licenses. A couple of those documents themselves contain links to the various versions (23 bit and 64 bit) and languages for downloading SQL2012. I noted from your personal info that you appear to work for an end-user organization, and I don't know if the Customersource site contains links to those documents and files. You may need to contact your reseller to obtain the SQL download on your behalf. I copied the relevant section from the SQL download page that would apply.

SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition (Runtime) softwareis only available via download and is not availableas physical media. The software may not be
distributed to customers and must be deployed by the partner. Partners are responsible for complying withthe terms of the program.

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PerumalSamy R responded on 19 Aug 2014 3:57 AM

Hello Neil Latman,

When you upgrade from SQL Server 2008 R2 (or below) to SQL Server 2012 using your Software Assurance rights you can continue to use your existing license model until the end of your Software Assurance cycle. This means that if you have CPU licenses under SQL Server 2008 R2 you can continue to use those CPU licenses under SQL Server 2012 until your Software Assurance expires.

Once it expires you will need to true up on the number of CPU Cores.  When this true up happens each CPU license that you had before will count towards a minimum of 4 CPU Cores (if you have Data Center Edition CPU licenses of SQL Server 2008 R2 you will be credited a minimum of 8 CPU Cores for each CPU license).If you have a large server that needs upgrading talk to you Microsoft Account Manager or Microsoft Partner about the core credit that you’ll get for your legacy CPU licenses. 

Below URL explains the licensing model of SQL server 2012

http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/sql-server/sql-server-2012-licensing-changes/

Hope this helps.

Thanks,

Perumalsamy R

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