SQL Server 2019 Software Assurance

The following is specific to SQL Server 2019. For details on purchasing Software Assurance and general Software Assurance Benefits, please refer to Software Assurance Benefits.

Software Assurance
SA Benefits Server
Disaster Recovery All editions. See Fail-Over Rights section below for additional terms for SQL Server.
License Mobility All editions of SQL Server (Not applicable to Parallel Data Warehouse).
Roaming Rights None
Self Hosting All editions
SA Equivalent Rights Yes
Prerequisite (SA) See Software Assurance Benefits 

SQL Server 2019 Enterprise Core - Unlimited Virtualization

Customer may run any number of instances of the server software in any number of OSEs on any Licensed Server for which it has full SA coverage on all of its core licenses for the Server.

SQL Server – Fail-over Rights

For each of its Primary Workloads, Customer is entitled to:

Customer may also run Primary Workloads and its disaster recovery Fail-over OSEs simultaneously for brief periods of disaster recovery testing every 90 days. Customer may perform the following maintenance-related operations for any permitted Fail-over OSE:

  • Database consistency checks or Checkdb
  • Log Back-ups
  • Full Back-ups
  • Monitoring resource usage data

Fail-over OSEs permitted for disaster recovery must be asynchronous and manual. Fail-over OSEs may not serve SQL Server data to users or devices or otherwise run active SQL Server workloads. The number of licenses that otherwise would be required for a Fail-over OSE must not exceed the number of licenses required for the corresponding Primary Workload. These fail-over rights require SA for both the Licensed Server and CALs, if any, and do not apply when Customer deploys SQL Software under License Mobility through SA.

Additional Fail-over OSE for High Availability for use with Big Data Clusters

Customer is entitled to one additional Fail-over OSE for high availability for each of its Primary Workloads that runs on the Linux platform and serves as the SQL Server master instance when used in conjunction with Customer’s use of Big Data Clusters. These additional Fail-over OSEs are otherwise subject to the same SQL Server – Fail Over Rights limitations.

Use of SQL on Microsoft Azure

When using SQL Server on Azure under Azure Hybrid Benefit rights, or Disaster Recovery Rights, Customer should indicate such use, as prompted in the Azure portal or Azure command line APIs.

SQL Server Enterprise Core and SQL Server Enterprise - Machine Learning Server for Windows and Machine Learning Server for Linux

Only customers with servers licensed to run SQL Server Enterprise Core with SA or SQL Server Enterprise with SA may use updates to Machine Learning Server for Windows and Machine Learning Server for Linux made available after October 2017. Customers may use these updates on the Licensed Servers, subject to the SQL Server Enterprise Core and SQL Server Enterprise use rights, respectively. Customers licensing SQL Server Enterprise under the Server/CAL Licensing Model must also have SA on their corresponding CALs to obtain this benefit. Customers’ right to use these updates expires when their SA expires.

SQL Enterprise Core – Running Machine Learning Server for Hadoop

For each SQL Server Enterprise Core License Customer has with active SA, Customer may also run Machine Learning Server for Hadoop on up to five Servers dedicated to Customer’s use solely in conjunction with its licensed use of SQL Server Enterprise Core. Any dedicated Server under the management or control of an entity other than Customer or one of its Affiliates is subject to the Outsourcing Software Management clause.

Use of Power BI Report Server – SQL Server Enterprise Edition

Customer may run Power BI Report Server software on the Licensed Server, on any allowed Fail-over OSE in accordance with those same limits, or in Azure. Customer may run the software on a maximum numbers of cores equal to the number of SQL Server Enterprise Edition Core Licenses with active SA assigned to the Licensed Server, subject to a minimum of four core licenses per OSE. Alternatively, if the software is run in Azure, Customer must allocate one SQL Server Enterprise Edition Core License with active SA per virtual core, subject to a minimum of four core licenses per OSE. Use is additionally subject to the applicable terms of Customer’s volume license agreement. A Power BI Pro User SL is required to publish shared Power BI reports using the Power BI Report Server. This right expires upon expiration of Customer’s SA coverage.

Extended Security Updates

Refer to Extended Security Updates in Software Assurance Benefits for acquisition and use of Extended Security Updates.

SQL Server 2019 Enterprise Core - Parallel Data Warehouse Feature Updates

Customers with SA coverage are eligible for Parallel Data Warehouse feature releases (e.g., appliance updates) available between major product releases.

SQL Server Buy-Out Option under the Enrollment for Application Platform EAP

Customer may renew SA for SQL Server Enterprise Server/CAL Licenses, but the only buy-out option at the end of Customer’s enrollment term will be for core Licenses.