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  • My World Tour

    I just finished my last stop on my “World Tour”.  The cities included Toronto, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Sydney, Milan, and Singapore. I missed South America and Antarctica on this “tour”, but I hit the other continents.  I was part of a global team assembled from Microsoft and DB Best to train partners on how to migrate customers ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on March 16, 2017
  • Let's Talk Licensing and Virtualization for SQL Server

    I have two new articles up on Database Trends & Applications magazine.  I'd love to get your thoughts and feedback!Welcome to the Weird, Wild World of SQL Server LicensingNot long in the past, SQL Server licensing was an easy and straightforward process. You used to take one of a few paths to get your SQL Server licenses. The first ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on December 13, 2012
  • Buy the first 32-bits, get the second for FREE

    I spoke at the Charlotte SQL Server User Group last night.  Will Sweeny confirmed that MSFT will continue to offer the free trade-out to 64-bit licensing from 32-bit.  In other words, if you upgraded your 32-bit SQL 2000 to 32-bit SQL 2005 and are considering a new 64-bit server, you can simply swap the 32-bit license for the 64-bit ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on October 17, 2007
  • Recent Change to VM Licensing for SQL Server

    Recently, MSFT changed its licensing. Basically, if you buy Enterprise Edition fully licensed for the base server, you can run SQL Server on the VMs on that box without having to license SQL for each VM.  Here is an article realting to this story. http://www.virtualization.info/2007/02/microsoft-unlocks-sql-server-2005.html Before, ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on February 28, 2007
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