*Sorry, found other licensing questions on the site so naturally assumed these were ok here... The suggested post did not answer the question I specifically asked
Please remove the post if I've violated some rule and I will seek an answer elsewhere.*
I know the "rules" say I have to buy a core license for Sql Server 2019 for each core in the machine, in our case 10 cores/20 threads. I would need 5 2xCore Packs or 2 4xCore Packs and 1 2xCore Pack.
I also know it's honor system, but I do like to be honorable about licensing.
My question though is, is it possible to get just 4 Core Licenses (on a 10 core machine) and limit Sql Server to only using those 4 cores? We're a small business, the machine serves multiple purposes. We've been using 2008R2 until now when I realized after three years we've way outgrown that (they were using 22 linked Access MDBs before I upgraded the system).
So when I look at 10 cores, the best total price is $8K. Ouch. We will get better speed and processing sure.
But if I can present a more less ouch option to the bosses and still be legit, that would be great. I suppose we could buy a new server with less cores (do they still exist?)