How do I license SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines?

If you are an end-customer using SQL Server, you can:

  1. Obtain a SQL Server image from the Marketplace and pay the per-minute licensing rate of SQL Server. The SQL Server license fee is included in the virtual machine image price as shown in the Virtual Machines pricing page.
  2. Customers with Software Assurance can use License Mobility to bring licenses on premise. This can be done by:
    1. Obtaining a SQL Server, Bring Your Own License (BYOL) image from the Marketplace. Azure doesn’t charge for images with SQL licensing.
    2. Manually installing SQL Server in a Windows Server Virtual Machine from the Marketplace.
    3. Uploading a SQL Server image from on premises to Azure to create a virtual machine. You must report the usage of licenses to Microsoft using the License Mobility Verification form within 10 days.

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