Re: Oracle licensing question

From: Hans Forbrich <>
Date: Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:28:30 -0700
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Fairly common question.

Simple answer: if you have a 'normal' license contract, you can load up as many instances and as many ORACLE_HOMEs as you want on the machine - even in VMs.

However, you want to verify that your license does not have special conditions. If you received ANY kind of discount, you *may* have special conditions that places restrictions on your usage. This is a discussion for YOUR vendor contracts people.

As usual, a judge will not accept an "I thought I was OK, since I read it on the Internet" argument. Best to check with Oracle Sales if you are unsure. But start with the Database Licensing doc at and dig into the licensing document found on the front page on all Database portals - for 11gR2.

Oracle's Pricing and Licensing site
( is a great place to start for more detail, and in particular, the Software Investment Guide discusses how all the licenses variations are supposed to work. And the Contracts pages at are useful - but mainly for insomnia. (Lawyers wanna be fed too, you know.)

Support simply follows as a percentage of the license and covers exactly the same configuration as the license does. The Support site ( and in particular the Technical Support Policies and Lifetime Support Policies should be bookmarked and familiar to all DBAs.


On 05/02/2013 10:48 AM, wrote:
> Ok, this is a stupid question but for some reason I haven't been able to
> wrap my head around it. If we license all of the procs on a server, can
> we throw as many databases on it as we want? What about support
> licensing?
> Thank you,
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