MS SQL Server Licensing 3

Standard Edition comes with 2 Licensing Model.

  • Licensed by Core – this refers to your server hardware specification.
    in the guidebook, look for Database Engine (DBE) Capacity Limits.
  • Licensed by Server + CAL – this refers to number of user.

The following indicate the Database Engine (DBE) Capacity Limits for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 – Standard Edition.

  • 4 Socket or 16 Core CPU;
  • 128 GB Memory.

If your hardware specification has exceeded the DBE Capacity for standard edition, you should purchase the Enterprise Edition – which also have 2 licensing model.

As per the Licensing Guide, Enterprise Edition can utilize the OS Maximum Memory capacity; CPU capacity equals to 20 core, or more – up to the OS Maximum capacity.


Read: Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Licensing Guide

MS SQL Server Licensing 1
MS SQL Server Licensing 2


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