SQL Server Standard Core compute capacity limit - Licensing

Copper Contributor

Hi all, 

I have a license compliance concern in mind. 

I would like to understand how the SQL Server Standard Core license is applied to the DB instance. Does it have a software-based limiter to restrict the compute capacity. For example, if my client was to buy a 4-core license and deploy it to a 64-core physical server. Will the DB instance run at 4-core or 24-core (Max)? 

Otherwise, do we have other means to ensure we are complied to the license? 

Annotation (max compute limit by edition of SQL Server): 








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