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We're planning to upgrade our environment from SQL 2008 to 2012. In one of our servers we have 2 instances of SQL 2008 Standard. It is a VM that has 4 CPU cores allocated to it.

When we calculate the License cost for this server, do we need a license to 8 cores - Standard, or just 4 cores, as it's only one server?

Thanks in advance,


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closed as off-topic by Aaron Bertrand Aug 22 '13 at 10:44

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You should only need 4, however I am neither a lawyer nor a licensing rep. We can't really answer licensing questions here. –  Aaron Bertrand Aug 22 '13 at 10:44
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about software licensing. –  Aaron Bertrand Aug 22 '13 at 10:44