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AaronSommerich-5197 asked AmeliaGu-msft answered

Question about SQL Server Licensing

We have an 2016 Enterprise AG, on each node we have a DBATools DB that is not part of the AG.

The question is simply this. Does a standalone Database violate licensing for the Secondary node even if there is no sort of active load being done on that DB when it is passive?

Thank you

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ErlandSommarskog answered

So this is not a good place to ask about licensing. People here are techies, not legals.

But so much I understand that if that non-AG database on the secondary database is a production database you need a license. And, well, since it is an Enterprise instance, you always need a license - unless it is strictly only for failover. So I think you need a license.

But if you want an authorative answer, contact your local Microsoft representative.

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AmeliaGu-msft answered

Hi AaronSommerich-5197,

In addition, for detailed information about the license issue, you can consult professionals in this area calling 1-800-426-9400, Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. (Pacific Time). For international customers, please use the https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/worldwide to find contact information in your locations. For Volume Licensing Service Support, please use the https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/servicecenter/Help/Contact.aspx to contact information for your country.

Best Regards,
Amelia

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