The Virtualization Virtual Chapter is dedicated to better management of SQL Servers in virtual environments such as Microsoft Hyper-V and vSphere.
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Wed, May 13 2015 12:00 Eastern Daylight Time

Licensing SQL Server on a Virtual Platform


Licensing SQL Server on a Virtual Platform

Licensing rules and guidelines for SQL Server is a complex topic and at best, a moving target. Just when you think you have figured out how to license your servers, they change the rules. Add virtualization into the conversation, and the confusion just jumped to a whole other level. When do you license the host and when do you license individual Virtual Machines (VMs)? When is Software Assurance (SA) a requirement? Why might you want to buy SA even when it isn’t required? When do we count logical cores from hyperthreading? What’s the deal with licensing AMD cores? How does the operating system affect my overall SQL Server licensing picture? This session will clarify the licensing rules with regards to virtual platforms and VMs.

Robert is a SQL Server Certified Master, MVP, and experienced DBA, evangelist, speaker, writer, and trainer. He has worked with SQL Server for 15+ years. He recently worked for Outerwall, Idera Software, and Microsoft, He served as PM for the SQL Server Certified Master Program at Microsoft Learning, and as a production DBA at Microsoft. He is currently working as a Principal Database Architect at DB Best Technologies. Robert is co-founder and co-leader of the PASS Security Virtual Chapter.

The Virtualization Virtual Chapter (aka SIG) is dedicated to better management of SQL Servers in virtual environments like Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere.  We:

  • Help the community by producing things like monthly training webcasts, a centralized list of helpful virtualization-savvy administrators, and a periodic report of what works well under virtualization and what isn't quite working yet.

  • Help virtualization vendors by getting training and configuration information out to the people who need it, and helping the vendors build a better product with our feedback.

  • Help PASS management by building assets that PASS can leverage (like a library of training content) and showing that PASS solves real DBA problems.

Call To Speakers!

If you would like to give a presentation to the group, please send an email along with an abstract.

Scott Shaw                                       Tom Norman
Chapter Co-Leader                           Chapter Co-Leader