How does SQL Server licensing work in Azure?

How is SQL Server licensed in Azure?

There are three license models for an Azure VM that’s hosting SQL Server: pay-as-you-go, Azure Hybrid Benefit (AHB), and High Availability/Disaster Recovery(HA/DR). You can modify the license model of your SQL Server VM by using the Azure portal, the Azure CLI, or PowerShell.

Does Azure charge for SQL Server?

You are charged separately for storage, using the Premium tier of the Azure Blob Storage service, at a cost of $0.115 per GB/month. If you need point-in-time recovery, you’ll pay $0.20 per GB-month. If you need long-term retention, you’ll pay $0.05 per GB-month.

Do I need SQL CALs for Azure?

Windows Server CALs are not required for accessing Windows Server running in the Azure environment because the access rights are included in the per-minute charge for the Virtual Machines.

Can you bring your own license and software to Azure?

2 Answers. BYOL in Azure requires Software Assurance. So no. Bringing your own SQL Server license through License Mobility, also referred to as BYOL, means using an existing SQL Server Volume License with Software Assurance in an Azure VM.

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What is the difference between DTU and vCore?

With the DTU model you pay one fixed price for your compute (or IO/memory), as well as your data storage and back up retention. With the vCore model you have separate charges for your compute (what type of node or compute power you’re using) and a separate charge for your storage.

Is Azure SQL Server free?

You can create a free version of Azure SQL Database using PowerShell. You can have only one free Azure SQL Server database per region, it reverts to Standard Edition after 365 days.

Why is Azure SQL so expensive?

With Azure SQL, each database has a reserved amount of resources, which is charged for even if the database is idle. This is fine for multiple databases with consistent use; however if you have a large number of databases with an on-off usage pattern the prices are too high.

How do I create a SQL warehouse in Azure?

Getting started

  1. In the Azure Portal, press the New option and select Data+Storage➜SQL Data Warehouse. …
  2. Specify the SQL Data Warehouse new name. …
  3. In the performance section, you will have the DWU and the price per hour. …
  4. Click on the Server section. …
  5. Specify a server name, a login and a password.

Can I install SQL Server on Azure VM?

If you have Software Assurance, you can enable the Azure Hybrid Benefit on an existing pay-as-you-go (PAYG) image. Or you can copy the SQL Server installation media to a Windows Server VM, and then install SQL Server on the VM.

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What versions of SQL Server does Azure support?

With SQL on Azure VMs, you can use any of the platform-provided SQL Server images (which includes a license) or bring your SQL Server license. All the supported SQL Server versions (2008R2, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019) and editions (Developer, Express, Web, Standard, Enterprise) are available.

How do I install SQL Server on an existing Azure VM?

To summarise:

  1. Log in to the Azure Portal.
  2. Add a new Azure SQL resource.
  3. Choose the SQL virtual machine deployment option.
  4. Enter the settings for the VM and the SQL Server instance.
  5. Deploy the VM and SQL Server.

Is SQL Server license perpetual?

Unless you are purchasing Server/SQL services on a cloud based host, Server/SQL licenses are generally perpetual – a one time purchase. I say generally because they are going to be sold via the CSP program at some point, if not already, on a subscription basis.

Does each SQL instance require a license?

Licensing SQL under the CAL model requires each instance of SQL (virtual or physical) to be licensed with a single SQL Server license. Then a choice of User or Device CALs (Client Access Licenses) are required for every user or device which can access the server.

How long is a SQL Server license good for?

Software Assurance is generally about 40% of the cost of the full license and is renewed every 2 years through Microsoft Open Business licensing program or every 3 years through Microsoft Open Value licensing programs. This is a Software Assurance benefit which is specific to SQL Server.