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SQL Server Database Engine Services

Many of the workstations have only SQL Server Database Engine Services installed, and Flexera has assigned a SQL Standard/Enterprise license. However Database Engine Service is free. How to resolve this problem so that licenses are not misused.

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Level 15 Flexeran

 - When using the SQL Server Core license model, any stand-alone component of SQL Server must be licensed.  Here is a link to a SQL Server 2019 Licensing Guide from Microsoft.

Here is a snippet of the rule from this document.

Under the Per Core licensing model, each server running SQL Server 2019 software or any of its components (such as Reporting Services or Integration Services) must be assigned an appropriate number of SQL Server2019 core licenses. The number of core licenses needed, depends on whether customers are licensing the physical server or individual virtual operating system environments (OSEs).


SQL Server Database Engine Services is included with SQL Express Edition and should not be licensed if installed standalone without the main SQL Server instance.

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What is your source of Inventory?  If it is SCCM, then the WMI information needed to determine what version of SQL Server is installed is not captured.  When you look at the Inventory Device within FNMS, and then look at the installed applications, what do you see when you filter on the application name of 'sql server'?

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