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I was wondering if in the Amazon EC2 Reserved Instance with SQL server, the extra cost was just for the ability to run an SQL server. Or if this included a license and SQL.

It would be a real bummer if after paying for the Reserved Instance, I also had to purchase a very costly license to use SQL.

Thank you in advance!

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Yes, the licensing costs are built into the hourly price.

If Microsoft chooses to increase the license fees that it charges for Windows or SQL Server Standard, we may correspondingly increase the per-hour usage rate for previously purchased Reserved Instances with Windows or Windows and SQL Server.

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