SYSK 291: SQL 2005 SP 2 is Available and Comes with Good News About Licensing Costs

With SQL Server 2005 SP2 released to the web on Feb. 19, 2007, SQL Server Enterprise Edition customers, and I quote, “only need to purchase one license per physical processor regardless of the number of virtually deployed instances. “ 

In other words, “when a customer licenses all of the processors in a server, they can run an unlimited numbers of SQL Server instances on an unlimited number of virtual operating system environments, at no additional licensing cost. “



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