Rapid Fire -20 Random Yes/No SPLA Questions…Answered

01 Nov

I figured I would switch things up a bit.  Here’s twenty random questions regarding SPLA.  All of which are yes/no and all of which are true.  (even the SPUR/enjoyable to read question..I kind of like uncovering licensing gotchas).

1. Can I have customers bring a license to my datacenter?

Yes. Check out

2. I am being Audited can you help?


3. Is it my responsibility to keep track of all licenses in my datacenter; even customer owned?


4. I am always late with my SPLA usage report.  Is this a problem?

Yes – come on man…it’s against the agreement!

5. Can I run multiple instances of SQL on the same VM


6. Is it written down in a document that I cannot host using my own licenses?


7. Can I still report SQL Enterprise SAL?


8. Do I get two VM’s with Windows Standard?


9. Can I offer true VDI as a service?


10. Can I use a reseller to sell my solution?


11. Does a new SPUR come out each quarter?


12. Do I need to license the server and each user?


13. Can I use my own volume licensing to host Microsoft software?


14. SPLA and External Connector licenses…same thing?


15. Does SQL Enterprise and Windows Datacenter offer unlimited virtualization?


16. Does license mobility cover all products in SPLA?


17. Have you managed SPLA for a long time? Would you consider yourself a SPLA Expert?

Yes…but that’s two questions.

18. Do you find the SPUR enjoyable to read?


19. If a product is covered with license mobility within server farms in the PUR, does that mean it is also covered with license mobility to a third party datacenter?


20. Can I ask you any SPLA related question and you would give me an answer?



Posted by on November 1, 2014 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “Rapid Fire -20 Random Yes/No SPLA Questions…Answered

  1. Tom

    November 5, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Hi, your answer is “No” to your question 13 “Can I use my own volume licensing to host Microsoft software”. This is not quite correct in all cases, as there is this thing of a “Self Hosting” option for a couple of products granted by the PUR.
    Actually it might be an interesting option for an ISV, if he has a steady and dense usage of for example SQL Server based on an own intellectual property solution that runs on top of SQL. See PUR Appendix 2.

    • splaman

      November 6, 2014 at 6:24 am

      Ahhh….I was wondering if someone would catch that. It’s a trick question. “Can I use my own VL to host Microsoft software” If I would have asked “Can I use my own VL to host my own IP” Than of course, Self-hosted would apply. I get it, kind of a silly question; but I asked it to prove a point. Hosting Microsoft software….SPLA. Hosting your own IP….Possibly self-hosted 🙂

  2. Volker

    November 12, 2014 at 6:02 am

    As SPLA customer, I wonder if I can use my own existing SQL Server license for my SQL server or if I need to rent a SQL Server license from my SPLA-Hoster

    • splaman

      November 12, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      If you’re the end user you can use license mobility in a shared environment or your own license in a dedicated envieonment. Ask your hoster for info on how they deploy. FYI Azure and amazon are shared environments.


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