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SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence Edition (Server/CAL Licensing)

SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence Edition (Server/CAL Licensing)
  • Donor partner: Microsoft
  • Platform: Windows
  • Format: Download
  • Product ID: LVS-47560
  • Title Group: SQL Server
  • Availability: Available

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SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence Edition is relational database server software. It offers tools for data storage, management, analysis, and reporting to provide premium corporate and self-service business intelligence tools.

This edition of SQL Server includes all of the features in the Standard Edition and additional business intelligence features.

Benefits for Organizations

The business intelligence tools included with this edition can be used to:

  • Identify factors that result in contributions
  • Explore donor relationships
  • Measure the effectiveness of services and the benefits and costs associated with them

Major Capabilities

  • SQL Server includes basic database, reporting, and business intelligence (BI) analytics functionality.
  • The online transaction processing (OLTP) engine allows quick access to large amounts of data.
  • The online analytical processing (OLAP) and BI Semantic Model (BISM) multidimensional models allow you to analyze multidimensional data from multiple perspectives and in a tabular model.
  • PowerPivot integrates with Excel and SharePoint to share data and Power View provides a graphical analysis of it.
  • The Business Intelligence Semantic Model (BISM) tabular model provides a simple method for analyzing business data.

This product includes Service Pack 1.

For more information, see Microsoft's Features Supported by the Editions of SQL Server 2012.


This product operates on a server/CAL licensing model and includes one server license. Under this model, you will need a separate license for each client (Client CAL) or device (Device CAL) that accesses the server.

This model allows you license a physical, virtual, or cloud-based server based on the number of users or devices that access it.

Additional Information

For additional information about the available editions of SQL Server and its licensing requirements, see the Guide to SQL Server Editions and Licensing.

32-Bit and x64 Versions

This product can be installed on 32-bit, 64-bit AMD, or 64-bit Intel Xeon platforms. The 32-bit version can be installed on the Windows on Windows (WOW64) 32-bit subsystem of a 64-bit server.

Obtaining This Product

Installing this product requires you to download the software from the Volume Licensing Service Center and enter a license key. You can download any available version or language for your product. After you download the software, learn how to install it or burn it to a disc for later use.

The license key allows you to install the product on as many computers as you have received licenses for. This quantity is specified in the first email you receive from TechSoup after requesting this product.

Expect three emails:

  1. When your donation request has been approved, TechSoup will send a message to your organization email address confirming the number of licenses you have requested.
  2. Microsoft will send an email welcoming your organization to the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).
  3. TechSoup will send an email with information about obtaining your license key and managing your donation at the VLSC. If you are new to the VLSC, you should wait for this email before you register there.

Software Assurance

Under the Software Assurance program, you have the right to install any new release of products covered in the agreement during the term of your coverage.

System Requirements

For all editions, actual requirements vary according to the system configuration and the applications and features installed. Below are the basic requirements.

  • Hardware:
    • For the 32-bit (x86) edition:
      • 1-GHz (or higher) Pentium III-compatible processor; 2-GHz recommended
      • 1 GB RAM; 4 GB or more recommended (supports maximum of 64 GB)
      • 6 GB available hard-disk space (See more detailed hard-disk requirements for specific components.)
      • DVD drive
      • 800x600-pixel (or higher) display
    • For the 64-bit (x64) edition:
      • 1.4-GHz (or higher) processor: AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon 64, Intel Xeon with Intel EM64T support, or Intel Pentium 4 with EM64T support; 2-GHz recommended
      • 1 GB RAM; 4 GB recommended (supports maximum of 64 GB)
      • 6 GB available hard-disk space (See more detailed hard-disk requirements for specific components.)
      • DVD drive
      • 800x600-pixel (or higher) display
  • Software:
    • For the 32-bit edition:
      • Operating systems:
        • Windows Server 2008 with SP2 Web, Standard, Datacenter, Enterprise, Web x64, Standard x64, Datacenter x64, Enterprise x64
        • Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 Web x64, Standard x64, Datacenter x64, Enterprise x64
      • Internet Explorer 7.0 or later
      • For Database Engine components and SQL Management Studio — Windows PowerShell 2.0
    • For the 64-bit edition:
      • Operating systems:
        • Windows Server 2008 with SP2 Web x64, Standard x64, Datacenter x64, Enterprise x64
        • Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 Web, Standard, Datacenter, Enterprise
      • Internet Explorer 7.0 or later
      • For Database Engine components and SQL Management Studio — Windows PowerShell 2.0
  • The 32-bit edition of SQL Server can be installed on the Windows on Windows (WOW64) 32-bit subsystem of a 64-bit server.

Rules, Eligibility and Restrictions

  • This donation is available to nonprofits with 501(c)(3) designation and to public libraries.
  • The Microsoft Donation Program serves nonprofit organizations whose mission benefits the local community. Among these organizations are the following types, which have recently had changes to their eligibility:
    • Health services and related activities that are independent and not owned and operated by organizations that are eligible for Microsoft Government, Academic, or Health programs. These include community health clinics, medical research groups, behavioral healthcare nonprofits, women's health centers, hospices, rescue and emergency services, organizations that support patients and their families, and blood banks.
    • Trade associations with activities that benefit nonmembers.
    • Amateur sports organizations, specifically youth sports clubs, teams, or groups.
    • Private grantmaking foundations that receive the majority of assets or income from an individual, family, or corporation.
    • Museums.
    • Religious or faith-based organizations.
  • Public libraries must either have valid 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or be listed in the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) database. Public libraries may request Microsoft software donations through this program only for use on public access computers or on computers that are used to directly manage either the public access computers or the library's public access program. Participating libraries must also make their collection and basic services available to the population of their legal service area without charges to individual users (excluding incidental fees such as printing charges). If they so choose, libraries may impose charges on users outside the legal service area and may provide products and services (beyond basic services) to the public at large, with or without individual charges.
  • Organizations that are not eligible: Not all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible for participation in the Microsoft Donation Program. Those that are not eligible should visit Microsoft Volume Licensing for Industries for more information about charity licensing; they may still be eligible for discounted software from Microsoft. The following types of organizations are ineligible for Microsoft software donations:
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    • Nonpublic libraries, including private libraries, school libraries, specialty libraries, armed forces libraries, and libraries in government agencies.
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  • During its two-year cycle, an organization can request products from up to 10 title groups. For title groups that contain applications that run on an individual computer (like a desktop or laptop PC), there is a 50-license maximum. For title groups that contain client access licenses or other licenses that provide for connection to or management of a server, there is also a 50-license maximum. For server products, there is a five-product maximum, regardless of title group. For further details, see Quantity and Frequency of Microsoft Requests on the Microsoft Donation Program — Eligibility and Allotments page.
  • Microsoft products may not be transferred between separate legal entities or resold. Additionally, Microsoft products may not be installed on computers that will be given to or sold to other organizations or individuals, even as part of a charitable program.
  • Donated product will be distributed under this program to qualifying organizations and libraries only, not to individuals.