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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
  • A cautionary tale about grandfathering CAL licenses in SQL Server 2012 Enterprise

    I've tried to keep this post to a minimum, but there's a lot to say. Please bear with me. I know there has been a lot of griping about the new licensing model in SQL Server 2012. I understand the outcry; folks on high-end processors are going to end up paying much more for the same licenses, and some are even bypassing the upgrade because of it. ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on April 27, 2012
  • Connect Digest : 2009-09-18

    It sounds funny, but I'm running out of things to say in this intro.  I wonder if I should introduce the list the way David Letterman is introduced differently on every episode of his late night TV show?  Anyway, one of these items was suggested to me, and one I filed myself, but the rest I just found on my own by browsing new items each ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on September 18, 2009
  • New Kid on the Block : SQL Server 2008 Web Edition

    You may have heard rumblings at a conference or user group meeting about a new SKU of SQL Server that will be shipping soon: Web Edition.  But what is it, exactly?  Some information on this edition has recently been released by Ireland Licensing, and I will try to sum it up for you here.  (There is also some brief information on the ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on August 3, 2008
  • 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. Before, ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on February 28, 2007
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