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Posted - 07/02/2013 :  06:45:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have a large 4 processor/32-core server with 192GB of memory available in the data center and over twenty small SQL Standard databases to consolidate. They are a mix of SQL 2012 and 2008 R2 for 3rd-party apps.

Is there any issue with simply installing two instances of SQL Standard on the server - one for 2012 and one for 2008 R2 ? Each instance will use up to 64GB out of the 192GB and 16 cores. If we did this with Enterprise, the licensing would be a fortune and the Enterprise features are not needed.

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Posted - 07/02/2013 :  18:06:21  Show Profile  Visit tkizer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
No issue with installing two instances, one for 2012 and one for 2008 R2.

And yes Enterprise is a fortune. We run Enterprise on most of our several hundred servers.

Tara Kizer
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