Multiple instances of CRM against a SQL Server cluster - VMWare licensing issues RRS feed

  • Question

  • So, as so many others, i need to set up two different CRM servers. Our IT department cater to a diverse set of organizations, and all though we'd love to have them all as different organizations in one CRM server, that is not possible since we find our selves in situations where one part of the organization wants to upgrade to a new version of CRM but the other will not. Given the enormity of changes between some roll-ups, that is quite understandable.

    So, we need two servers. No problem, all of our stuff is virtualized anyway, so we'll create a new VmWare instance, install a licensed CRM server on that and voila. Almost. We'd like them both to use our very nice SQL Server Cluster. Since the SSRS server is currently installed on the cluster, and two CRM servers can not share an SSRS server, that's a stopper.

    No worries, we move the SSRS server off the cluster an onto the CRM server instead. Seems a reasonable. Technically, the way I understand it, this should be doable. HOWEVER.

    The SSRS server is licensed as the SQL server, which seems to mean that we need to pay a full SQL Server license for each of the Dynamics CRM servers, even though they do not contain any SQL Servers. Not only that, with the Microsoft license situation on virtual machines, we'd have to license an SQL Server for each of the VMs running on the ESX box we have. That's a lot of VMs, and most of them have nothing to do with CRM, SQL Server or anything.

    If my analysis is inaccurate, can someone please tell me how we can do this? If it is accurate, is everybody who works with licensing at Microsoft gone completely insane?

    Friday, October 4, 2013 1:06 PM