February 23, 2010

Why is DISABLED returned when I run ServerProperty(‘LicenseType’) on a SQL Server 2005/2008 Installation




I was recently querying the database to track licensing information per seat/ per processor. This is the query I ran on my machine:

SELECT  ServerProperty('LicenseType') as LicenseType,
ServerProperty('NumLicenses') as ProcCount

However the query returned the following results.

ServerProperty('LicenseType')

When I dug into the reasons, I found out that it is by design that the query returns DISABLED. SQL Server 2005/2008 setup does not add licensing information in the registry during setup (unlike SQL Server 2000)

Here’s a very nice write up by Emma describing the issue and a resolution SAM Considerations for Tracking SQL Server modes


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