Licensing SQL Server During Server Migration?

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We are moving our production databases from one physical server to a new virtualized one. The virtualized server will be configured then SQL Server installed and configured before the production databases are moved over. SQL Server will remain as version:

 Microsoft SQL Server 2014 - 12.0.2000.8 (X64)   Feb 20 2014 20:04:26   Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation  Enterprise Edition (64-bit) on Windows NT 6.3 <X64> (Build 9600: )

The configuration of the server, operating system and SQL Server software, and the actual moving of the production databases will likely take a couple of weeks. Can anyone advise what happens with regards to licensing of SQL Server while this work is commenced? Can it be completed under one licence or do we require 2 licences to complete this work?


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asked May 16, 2017 at 12:10 PM in Default

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Great question +1

May 16, 2017 at 12:15 PM Tim
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Anyone will tell you to be 100% sure, consult your MS licensing person, HOWEVER, I have done this exact thing hundreds of times. You won't be running production on both systems at the same time, you will have another environment up with databases on it for validating while you are testing and planning. Technically that could be called your DR or HA license that is included. You do plan to 'failover' to that server soon. I have not ever heard of MS having a problem with what you described.

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answered May 16, 2017 at 12:14 PM

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Thanks for confirming.

May 24, 2017 at 01:47 PM David 2 1
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