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  • Question

  • I was seeing on the 2012 Editions page

    http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/future-editions/sql2012-editions.aspx

    It shows that the 2012 Enterprise edition will have a 20-core maximum per server license...does this mean systems that utilize more cores...such as 4 way SMP systems that would have either 6 or 8 or even 10 core processors wouldn't utilize all the resources in the system?

    I apologize if this post is in the wrong area, I could not find a generic sql server forum...

    Thanks,
    john


    John Wildes | Hitachi Data Systems | Director - Microsoft Technologies | Converged Platforms
    Friday, December 16, 2011 4:53 PM

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  • Hi John,

     

    The limits are per instance. If you have multiple instances on the same physical server you could fully utilize all of the resource on the physical server. Note this limit only applies to the Server/CAL licensing mode and not when the Enterprise Edition is licensed Per Core.

    Haydn

    Friday, December 30, 2011 10:51 PM
  • So on a 40 core box, I could setup two SQL server Enterprise instances and utilize all 40 cores? r/ john
    John Wildes | Hitachi Data Systems | Director - Microsoft Technologies | Converged Platforms
    Saturday, December 31, 2011 5:20 PM
  • Yes. Each instance could use a maximum of 20 cores but you could utilize all 40 cores across two instances.
    Tuesday, January 3, 2012 8:57 PM
  • Haydn,

    Thanks for the info. 

    Does anyone from Microsoft want to comment on this?  Now that the release of 2012 has occured?  I'm reading licensing information and it is not clear if all versions have this limitation, or if it is purely a licensing and technical limitation for the Enterprise edition.

    r/

    john


    John Wildes | Hitachi Data Systems | Director - Microsoft Technologies | Converged Platforms

    Thursday, March 22, 2012 3:44 PM