Posted by: kurtsh | June 18, 2015

INFO: SQL Licensing for SCCM 2012 R2

imageThis week I was asked, “What is the proper SQL licensing for SCCM 2012 R2?”  SCCM 2012 R2 uses SQL Server as it’s backend so the question of licensing for SQL can be a concern.

According to Microsoft’s Licensing Desk:

Each license SCCM 2012 R2 license comes with a SQL standard 2014 edition server license included (yellow). It’s classified as SQL Technology in the universal license terms and may be used only to support SCCM (blue). If they already own the license for SCCM they just download SQL Standard 2014 edition from the VLSC in the downloads section. However If they require Enterprise Edition they would license per core separately.

Product Use Rights, April 2015 pg. 47

System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

       The license terms that apply to your use of this product are the Universal License Terms, the General License Terms for this Licensing Model, and the following:    

License Mobility Within Server Farms: No

Self-Hosting of Applications Allowed: Yes (See Appendix 2)

See Applicable Notices: Data Transfer, Bing Maps (See Appendix 1)

Included Technologies: SQL Server Technology, Windows Software Components (See Universal License Terms)

Product Use Rights, April 2015 pg.11

Products That Include SQL Server Technology

If your edition of the software includes a SQL Server database software product licensed under the Product-Specific license terms ("SQL Server Database") you may run that SQL Server Database in one or more physical or virtual operating system environments on any of your servers to support the software.  You may also use the same instances of SQL Server Database to support other products that include any version of SQL Server Database.  You do not need SQL Server CALs for such use.

You may not share that instance to support any product that is not licensed with SQL Server Database.

If your edition of the software includes SQL Server-branded components other than a SQL Server Database, such components are licensed to you under the terms of their respective licenses. Such licenses may be found:

· in the "legal", "licenses" or similarly named folder in the installation directory of the software, and may be contained in standalone license agreements or appended to the software’s license agreement; or

· through the software’s unified installer.

If you do not agree to a SQL Server-branded component’s license terms, you may not use the component.


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