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Third-party licensing

Licensing and installing Microsoft SQL Server

The NAM Server is based on Microsoft SQL Server databases, so Microsoft's SQL Server licensing policy applies to NAM users. Microsoft provides the two licensing options you can use for your SQL servers. You should assess your environment and decide which option is more cost effective for your particular deployment.


This overview is for reference purposes only. Before making any purchase decisions, contact Microsoft representatives and refer to Microsoft product information.

Server + CAL

You need a server license for each machine hosting an SQL Server and all the NAM users (report users and system administrators) require a Client Access License (CAL).

Additionally, if you host a NAM Server or NAM Console on machines other than the MS SQL server, each machine connecting to SQL Server requires its own device CAL. Note that you will need separate device CALs for failover machines.


If you already have a CAL assigned for other reasons (for example, because you use MS SQL Server in conjunction with unrelated tasks), you can access any MS SQL Server database, including the NAM Server databases.

Core-based licensing

Under the per-core licensing model, each server running SQL Server 2016 software must be assigned an appropriate number of SQL Server core licenses, one per physical core on the machine hosting the SQL server. Unlike the Server+CAL licensing model, the per-core model allows access for an unlimited number of users or devices to connect from either inside or outside an organization’s firewall. With the per-core model, customers do not need to purchase additional client access licenses (CALs) to access the SQL Server software.

The per-core licensing model is particularly appropriate when:

  • You use SQL Server Enterprise Edition or SQL Server 2016 Web Edition software.
  • You use SQL 2016 Standard Edition software and the licensing cost is lower than when using the Server+CAL licensing model.

For more information about the Microsoft licensing policy for SQL Server, see Microsoft SQL Server Licensing Guide.

Microsoft SQL Server installation recommendations

Be sure that your SQL Server installation is configured for reliable and secure functioning with NAM.

  • For an instance name, accept the default.
  • For authentication mode, choose mixed.
  • For collation settings, accept the default.
  • Disable error and usage reports.