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License question

vyv53vyv53 Posts: 8
edited March 5, 2008 9:47PM in SQL Backup Previous Versions
I have very simple question-
in case of 1 Backup Server that will be used to backup DBs
from 5 Sql Servers how many licenses should I buy- 1 or 5? :?:


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    peteypetey Posts: 2,358 New member
    You need a license for each 'machine' that is running one or more SQL Server instances.

    If your '5 SQL Servers' are all running on the same 'machine', you need 1 license.

    If your '5 SQL Servers' are running on 5 different 'machines', you need 5 licenses, one each for the 5 'machines'.

    'Machine' refers to a distinct system running a Windows operating system. E.g. if your '5 SQL Servers' are running on the same physical box, but are running on 5 separate virtual machines, this means you need 5 licenses (I hope that makes sense).

    You do not need a license for the 'Backup Server', if what you mean by that is a server that you will be running the GUI on, to manage the '5 SQL Servers'.
    Peter Yeoh
    SQL Backup Consultant Developer
    Associate, Yohz Software
    Beyond compression - SQL Backup goodies under the hood, updated for version 8
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