SQL Server 2014 Licensing Guide
One of the benefits I enjoy most of being a Microsoft MVP is access to the private MVP discussion group. Quite a few of the message threads center around Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Licensing Guide. The SQL Server 2014 Licensing Guide is always good for quite a bit of back and forth. Being part of the group has greatly enhanced my understanding of Microsoft SQL Server Licensing in general. A recent thread recently caught my attention through a comment Robert Davis @sqlsoldier made. The comment was so simple yet so important. That I thought I would write this article.
SQL Server 2014 – How to Buy Datasheet
To Quote Robert Davis @sqlsoldier “A datasheet by definition is an abridged version and doesn’t detail every aspect…“. Robert has made a point that is a really important when is comes to licensing. When determining a software licensing issue, you have to be really careful what you are looking at. In this example looking at the Datasheet provided by Microsoft on SQL Server 2014 Licensing will not give you the full picture. You would be making a licensing decision that could cost you a lot of money in a software audit if you choose incorrectly.
Another vendor who is to be nameless in this article. This major software vendor sales force likes to hand people a licensing guide and when you read the fine print on the licensing guide it states “not to be used for contractual purposes“. So to make licensing decisions off such a document would not be wise.
Choose The Right Documents on Licensing Issues
When determining licensing issues on Microsoft SQL Server 2014 it is important to read the right documentation and also consult your actual contract with the vendor. Very important always review your actual contract with the vendor.
Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Licensing Guide fine print
On the Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Licensing Guide the fine print states:
This document is for informational purposes only. MICROSOFT MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN THIS SUMMARY. Microsoft provides this material solely for informational and marketing purposes. Customers should refer to their agreements for a full understanding of their rights and obligations under Microsoft’s Volume Licensing programs.
Notice is also states “Customers should refer to their agreements for a full understanding of their rights and obligations under Microsoft’s Volume Licensing programs”.
To obtain a copy of the Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Licensing Guide click on this link.
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