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  • Hi,

     I'm very new to licensing and now this has come up on to my head in my office.

     We are upgrading SQL Server 2000 to 2005 and I got a doubt about licensing. Doubt is "Do I still need license for SQL Server 2005 since I already have SQL Server 2000 license?" This question may sound weird but please have little patience and answer me.

    Thanks
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 8:10 PM

Answers

  • http://www.microsoft.com/Sqlserver/2005/en/us/licensing.aspx is the best place for all of your answers.

    SQL Server licenses per version. So unless your company has some sort of special blanket agreement with Microsoft that allows you to deploy basically whatever you want, or you have purchased Software Assurance a long time ago, you're most likely going to need a proper license for 2005 after you upgrade.

    What is Software Assurance and how does it work?

    A.  

    Software Assurance provides assistance and value to help you keep your servers running, while making your budget easier to manage. Under Software Assurance, you first purchase a license, and then pay an annual percentage fee for a variety of benefits you can use during the agreement period, including the ability to obtain a free upgrade to the next version of the product. The length of the coverage period varies based on the term of your volume license agreement. Purchase of Software Assurance is optional. If you do not want to purchase Software Assurance, you can obtain product licenses separately.

    However, I do not work for Microsoft. The best thing to do is contact your licensing rep at Microsoft and find out the answer as it pertains to your company, but based on what I know, it looks like you will need a new license unless you fit one of the two conditions I outline above.


    Allan Hirt Blog: http://www.sqlha.com/blog Author: Pro SQL Server 2008 Failover Clustering (Apress - due out June, 2009)
    • Marked as answer by mvmanohar Thursday, April 23, 2009 1:36 PM
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 8:26 PM

All replies

  • http://www.microsoft.com/Sqlserver/2005/en/us/licensing.aspx is the best place for all of your answers.

    SQL Server licenses per version. So unless your company has some sort of special blanket agreement with Microsoft that allows you to deploy basically whatever you want, or you have purchased Software Assurance a long time ago, you're most likely going to need a proper license for 2005 after you upgrade.

    What is Software Assurance and how does it work?

    A.  

    Software Assurance provides assistance and value to help you keep your servers running, while making your budget easier to manage. Under Software Assurance, you first purchase a license, and then pay an annual percentage fee for a variety of benefits you can use during the agreement period, including the ability to obtain a free upgrade to the next version of the product. The length of the coverage period varies based on the term of your volume license agreement. Purchase of Software Assurance is optional. If you do not want to purchase Software Assurance, you can obtain product licenses separately.

    However, I do not work for Microsoft. The best thing to do is contact your licensing rep at Microsoft and find out the answer as it pertains to your company, but based on what I know, it looks like you will need a new license unless you fit one of the two conditions I outline above.


    Allan Hirt Blog: http://www.sqlha.com/blog Author: Pro SQL Server 2008 Failover Clustering (Apress - due out June, 2009)
    • Marked as answer by mvmanohar Thursday, April 23, 2009 1:36 PM
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 8:26 PM
  • Thank you very much Allan.

    I will ask some one from licensing rep to contact Microsoft. Atleast, I can start from here as you said.
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 10:25 PM
  • Hi,

    Check these link 

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/forums/en-US/sqlgetstarted/thread/0676d06a-8b43-48d1-b7b4-69ef075373a6/
    http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/licensing-faq.aspx

    Contact info of  Representatives to know more Info
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/bb856399.aspx

    I hope these links might be helpful


    Rajesh Jonnalagadda http://www.ggktech.com
    Thursday, April 23, 2009 6:51 AM