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SQL Server 2005 and processor counts

By bujiwam ·
Hello all,

I have a server with 4 dual-core processors. Does SQL "see" the dual cores as a single processor or as two separate processors? I am trying to determine if I can get by with SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition(which can only utilize a maximum of 4 processors) or have to purchase for Enterprise Edition

Thank you for your thoughts!

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You're fine.

by TonytheTiger In reply to SQL Server 2005 and proce ...

http://www.microsoft.com/sql/howtobuy/multicore.mspx

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You'll need 4 licenses for the 4 "physical" CPUs'.

by ManiacMan In reply to SQL Server 2005 and proce ...

The cores are not considered "physical" CPUs' and thus don't require the purchase of additional licenses. I'm just glad MS didn't get crazy with this, as they could have charged for every core and really drive up the cost of installing SQL Server on a multicore machine.

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Thank you!

by bujiwam In reply to You'll need 4 licenses fo ...

Thanks for the information!

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