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SQL Server 2022 – Release candidate now available

Microsoft have announced SQL Server 2022 Release Candidate which is the last step before commercial release i.e. General Availability. Innovation continues in the performance, security, and availability space and SQL Server 2022 is described as “the most Azure-enabled release of SQL Server yet”. A 180-day trial can be downloaded from SQL Server 2022 Preview Trial (


The licensing for SQL Server 2022 is not expected to differ from that of SQL Server 2019 but full details will be known at General Availability. SQL Server 2022 | Microsoft


Microsoft Teams Rooms

On 1 September 2022 Microsoft Teams Rooms Pro replaced the previous Standard and Premium offers. Microsoft Teams Rooms Pro delivers enhanced in-room meeting experiences like intelligent audio or video, multiscreen support, and the full-set of device management capabilities. It’s the appropriate license for the Enterprise segment and for smaller organisations with larger room counts or more advanced needs. Pro licenses will be listed at an estimated retail price of $40 USD per room per month.


There will also be a Basic edition for SMB customers providing core meeting experiences at no additional cost, when you purchase a certified Microsoft Teams Rooms device. This includes scheduling, joining meetings, content sharing, and collaborative whiteboarding, as well as basic security and management capabilities out of the box. Each no-cost license enables one certified Teams Rooms device per room. This license is only available via direct as part of the hardware setup flow and isn’t sold through the CSP channel.


Meet Microsoft Teams Rooms Pro | Microsoft 365 Blog




Veeam Backup for Office 365 – 15% Discount

Veeam are running a promotion from 1 July 2022 to 31 December 2022 for customers who have not already purchased Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 or have not had an active Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 subscription within the last 18 months. This promotion offers Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365 subscription licenses at a 15% discount off MSRP (minimum 15 users) so is well worth taking advantage of if you don’t yet have a backup solution for Office 365 or considering an alternative,

Backup Office 365 data with Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365


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VMware – Migrating from licensing CPUs to Cores

VMware is moving to subscription licensing and from CPU to the core based licensing model beginning with vSphere+ and VSAN+.

VMware vSphere+ is a subscription offering that is connected to VMware Cloud Services and includes Production Support. It is licensed Per Core and requires a minimum of 16 Cores per CPU (a customer with a 12-Core CPU will be required to purchase a 16-Core Commitment for that CPU).


vSphere+ follows the Commit + Overages model and there are upgrades available for vSphere Enterprise and vSphere Enterprise Plus.


Counting Cores for vSphere+ and vSAN+ Licensing (89116) (


For all your Software Licensing requirements, contact Lexel’s Software Licensing Expert, Joanne Livingston.