Do I need SQL Server 2016 Enterprise Edition for installing it on a Microsoft failover cluster?

  • Regardless if you're trying to run an Availaiblity Group or a traditional Failover Clustered Instance (FCI), your answer is "No". Enterprise Edition is not required for the installation. Standard edition will only allow you to run a Basic Availability Group or a FCI in a 2-node configuration at most, but if that's all you need you shouldn't have any issues. Oct 13, 2016 at 14:26

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No. You can setup a two node failover cluster with the standard edition of SQL Server. Any more than that and you need the enterprise edition.



No, you can run a two node Always On failover cluster instance using Standard Edition. See the "RDBMS High Availability" section of https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc645993.aspx

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