Jan 31, 2019 - 07:50 AM
If you have already covered the SQL cluster fully with Enterprise edition core licences, you are free to introduce Standard edition into the mix, as the Product Terms give you down-edition rights. There are a couple of points of which to be aware:
1 - I'm assuming you have software assurance? Only by having SA on the licences do you get the right of maximum virtualisation. If you don't have SA, you can only host as many VMs on each host as you have core licences applied. Therefore if you're host has 16 cores, you can hosts a maximum of 16 VMs. For each additional VM, you would require addtional licensing. If you have SA, this point is irrelevant.
2 - Again, if you don't have SA, the version of Standard edition you are deploying must be lower than or the same as the version of the Enterprise licences you have. Therefore, if your licences are for 2014, you can't deploy 2017. Again, if you have SA, this point is irrelevant.
Please shout if there is any confusion about the above.
Jan 31, 2019 - 07:52 AM
See page 34 from this guide. Also, you are required to maintain SA.
Jan 31, 2019 - 08:11 AM
Yes we have SA coverage.
Kris - that link on pg 34 states explicitly that SQL Server 2017 Enterprise Edition core can cover SQL Server Standard CORE.
SQL Server Standard cannot be licensed by core in a virtual environment, only by Virtual Machine (vcpus). Does that upset this interpretation?
Jan 31, 2019 - 08:14 AM