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Choosing the Licensing Mode (64-bit)

SQL Server 2000

  This topic applies only to SQL Server 2000 (64-bit).

Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2000 (64-bit) supports two client access licensing modes, one based on devices and one based on processors.

  • A device in this context can be a workstation, terminal, or any other device running a SQL Server application connected to an instance of SQL Server.

  • A processor refers to a central processing unit (CPU) installed on a computer running an instance of SQL Server 2000. One computer may have multiple processors installed, requiring multiple processor licenses.

Once a licensing mode is set, you cannot change modes without uninstalling and reinstalling the product. After you install SQL Server, you can use SQL Server 2000 Licensing in Control Panel to add device or processor licenses.

Note  Do not confuse the SQL Server licensing utility with the Windows licensing utility, also found in Control Panel.

Examine the licensing agreement packaged with SQL Server 2000 to find the type and quantity of licenses that were purchased with the product. Then on the Licensing Mode page of the Installation Wizard, choose one of the following two options:

Per Seat

This licensing mode requires a license for the computer running SQL Server 2000 (64-bit) as well as Client Access Licenses (CALs) for each client device that connects to the server. An example of a device is a personal computer, workstation, terminal, personal digital assistant, or mobile phone. A specified number of CALs is included with the server license and the server software. If you choose this option, next to devices, type the number of CALs purchased for SQL Server 2000 (64-bit).

Processor License

This licensing mode requires a single license for each CPU in the computer running SQL Server. A processor license includes access for an unlimited number of users to connect from the corporate local area network (LAN), a wide area network (WAN), or the Internet. If you choose this option, next to processors, type the number of Processor licenses purchased for SQL Server 2000 (64-bit).

Per Seat licensing is often more economical for networks in which relatively few clients connect to SQL Server on your network (for example, 75 or fewer devices for the Enterprise Edition). Processor licensing is usually more economical for an installation that provides access to SQL Server databases over the Internet or that supports a large number of users within a LAN or WAN. With Processor licensing, SQL Server can take advantage of each installed processor on the computer and support an unlimited number of client devices.

For additional information about current pricing and licensing rules, see the Microsoft SQL Server Web page.

Important  Licensing for Microsoft SQL Server 2000 (64-bit) is governed by the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) that accompanies the product. This agreement governs all uses and the explanations provided here are not intended to replace the terms of the EULA.

See Also

Licensing Mode (64-bit)

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