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SQL Server 2017 licensing

There are two licensing models available for SQL Server 2017:

  • Server and Client Access Licence (CAL) (available for Standard)
  • Per Core (available for Standard and Enterprise)

As each licensing scenario can be very different and complexities can often arise, we recommend you speak to us before you make your licensing choices so we can ensure you are on the most cost effective scheme for your planned usage (including hosting).

Upgrading to SQL Server 2017 is possible from:

  • SQL Server 2008
  • SQL Server 2012
  • SQL Server 2008 R2
  • SQL Server 2014

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For more information on Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Licensing click here.

Server + CAL: This model provides the option to license users and/or devices, with low cost access to incremental SQL Server deployments.

  • Each server running SQL Server software requires a server licence.
  • Each user and/or device accessing a licensed SQL Server requires a SQL Server CAL that is the same version or newer.
  • Each SQL Server CAL allows access to multiple licensed SQL Servers, including Business Intelligence edition, Standard edition and legacy Enterprise edition servers.

Per Core: The Per Core licensing model gives you a more consistent licensing metric, regardless of whether your solutions are deployed on physical servers on-premises, or in virtual or cloud.

  • Core-based licensing is appropriate when you have multiple users/devices, have internet/extranet workloads or systems that integrate with external facing workloads.
  • To license a physical server, you must license all the cores in the server. A minimum of four core licences is required for each physical processor on the server.

SQL Server
2017 Editions


Licensing Options





Basic database, reporting and analytics capabilities



SQL Serve CALs required when licensing Server+CAL


For mission critical applications and large scale data warehousing


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