Microsoft released a Vista-compatible version of its SQL Server 2005 database this week, rectifying a critical gap in its own Vista-enabled product line, and eliminating virtualization restrictions on the popular database at the same time.
The rules that come with SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 remove any limit on the number of instances of SQL Server that can run in virtual machines as long as the server on which they run has a SQL Server license for each CPU on the machine.
Earlier rules would have required a license for each virtual machine.
The new version does not support the Microsoft Data Engine, the database engine under SQL Server 2000. SQL Server is important to Microsoft customers because it’s widely embedded in applications that require a local database, though it is typically not considered robust enough to scale to the levels of Oracle or IBM’s top databases.
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