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Licensing - Per user or Per node?


Redgate recently made a change to their licensing model and since we are new users of the SQL Monitor product, we are trying to clarify how licensing works. I've had a look at both articles below which seem to contradict each other:

https://forum.red-gate.com/discussion/79469/question-about-the-license - per user basis
https://forum.red-gate.com/discussion/comment/147812#Comment_147812 - per node basis

We have a two-node SQL cluster with an active/passive setup, all three SQL instances are running on the active node. For our monitoring config, we have one node which hosts the Web monitor browser service and another node which hosts SQL server with the RedGateMonitor DB.

How would the licensing work for this setup?

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    Alex BAlex B Posts: 1,146 Diamond 4
    Hi @imops

    The licensing model for SQL Monitor remains unchanged from what it has been; SQL Prompt is user based licensing and SQL Monitor (and SQL Backup) are server based licensing.

    For SQL Monitor it depends on the number of Windows OS machines you have added to be monitored. A bit of confusion occurs due to differing terminology so let me give a few examples that may help:

    A two node Windows Failover Cluster (WFC) which has a single SQL Server Failover Clustered Instance (FCI) across the two nodes. This represents as a cluster with two nodes and a single SQL Server instance. This takes two licenses as there are two Windows OS machines in the cluster.

    A two node WFC with two SQL Server FCI across it and each node with a standalone SQL Instance as well. This represents as a cluster with two nodes and two SQL Instances along with each node showing a SQL Instance each. This also takes two licenses as there are two Windows OS machines in the cluster.

    A five node WFC with a single SQL Server FCI across it, represents as a cluster with five nodes and a single SQL Server instance and takes five licenses, one for each machine in the cluster.

    A single standalone machine with 10 standalone SQL Instances on it will only take only one license.

    I hope those examples help clarify how the licensing works for SQL Monitor - as described in your second link above, SQL Monitor auto detects the cluster and all nodes therein and so you will need a license for each Windows OS node in your cluster.

    Kind regards,
    Product Support Engineer | Redgate Software

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