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SQL Server Licensing

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  1. Cameron
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    For those of you using SQL Server 2008 as the backend, NOT the Express Edition, which version are you running? How have you calculated the number of CAL's needed for your installation?

    For instance, does the Sitefinity user count as one CAL regardless of how many actual Sitefinity users you have? If you are using Active Directory as your login method, does each user in LDAP need a SQL Server CAL?

    Thanks!
  2. Ivan Dimitrov
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    Hi Michael Buchsbaum,

    Please take a look at the following article that explains SQL server licensing

    Understanding SQL Server Licensing
    Pricing and Licensing FAQ
    Licensing

    You may consider using device CAL since a user CAL lets a particular user gain access to licensed server software from any number of devices

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  3. MB
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    User/Device/Processor depends on how it's going to be used and which edition... MS make it very complicated, and I'm yet to meet anyone from MS who actually understands it, but if you want all the gory details, there is a pdf on the MS site.

    http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/F/8/6F84A9FE-1E5C-44CC-87BB-C236BFCBA4DF/SQLServer2008_LicensingGuide.pdf

    However, if using a commecial hosting service, one option worth considering is the Web Edition... as it's available via SPLA, where you essentially pay a monthly per-processor license "rental" to use SQL-Server for your website... many hosting providers make SQL-Server 2008 Web-Edition available this way. 

    http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/pricing.aspx

    There are some feature limits, so you need to analyse your requirements.

    http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/editions-compare.aspx 
  4. Cameron
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    Thanks for the replies guys - very helpful links :)
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