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Sometimes (like now) something will happen to our oem/si status at the eShop and I will be unable to purchase sqla at a discount. We have a customer who is chomping-at-the-bit and would like to get moving with our product, running against sqla. Would I be able to download the Developer Edition and later, when our status is restored at eShop, purchase the chip license sqla and use dblic to change the already installed Developer Edition, to a chip license? Oh, also... How many concurrent users are allowed by Developer Edition?
Thank you, Doug

asked 07 May '12, 22:41

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edited 07 May '12, 22:43

Technically, I guess this is answered in this FAQ:

Can I upgrade a SQL Anywhere 12 developer edition to a paid version?

Note, I can't tell at all about the licensing issue itself - that seem a question for your sales rep.

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answered 08 May '12, 03:40

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Developer Editions are not allowed for production deployments, as per the licensing agreement you accept when downloading/installing the software. It is for development purposes only.

Here is the relevant section of the Product-Specific license agreement (PSLT) for the SQL Anywhere Developer Edition:

Developer Use of Programs.

Each copy of this SQL Anywhere Developer Edition is licensed for use by a single Seat solely for internal evaluation, development and testing of applications compatible with the Program. Deployment licenses for any other purpose (including, without limitation, usage in a general production environment or on a webserver) must be obtained from Sybase before you deploy or make any other use of SQL Anywhere Developer Edition or any component thereof. The license for one (1) client Seat included permits you to install SQL Anywhere Server on a single Machine running one (1) operating system and access the SQL Anywhere Server components from one (1) Seat.

The development software will put up a "Click Me to acknowledge this is a Developer Edition [OK]" window every time you start the database server. This means that you cannot set the developer copy up as a database service to start when the system starts - this behaviour is to discourage the use of the developer edition in production deployments.

If you have an issue with your licensing information in the eShop, you should call your sales rep to have them resolve it immediately and then use your correct licensing information to install the database server.

Note: Volker's answer is correct for 12, but previous versions (before 12) do not have the option for "dblic -k" and instead you need a special "upgrade" license (with a particular product key) to change a developer edition into a full edition via the "Add/Remove programs" (or "Programs and Features") panel.

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answered 08 May '12, 09:53

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edited 08 May '12, 15:56

So an evaluation edition would do?

(08 May '12, 11:06) Volker Barth
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No, the Evaluation Edition has similar restrictions: (i.e. not for production purposes, internal testing only).

Here is part of the licensing agreement you will see if you try to install the software without a software key:


1. TRIAL USE. The purpose of this Agreement is for You to evaluate the object code of the enclosed software program ("Program") for 60 days. Sybase grants You a non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use the Programs and associated documentation on a single machine solely for internal trial and evaluation purposes. If You do not elect to license the Programs from Sybase within such 60 day period, this license shall expire and You shall immediately cease use of the Programs, and delete or destroy all copies of the Programs in any form. This Agreement does not obligate Sybase to provide You with any maintenance services or any updates or new versions of the Programs. Any updates or new versions provided by Sybase shall be subject to the terms of this Agreement.


The proper resolution for this described issue is to obtain the proper license key for the use of the database server you're intending it for.

If you intend to use the software in any other way, the license agreement says you must consult your sales representative for permission prior to deployment - you should really just resolve the existing licensing issues at this time.

(08 May '12, 16:10) Jeff Albion

"...solely for internal trial and evaluation purposes..."

Ah, I see - the "internal" relates to "evaluation", too...

(Note: I just asked for clarification, I'm in no way related to Doug's license situation.)

(09 May '12, 02:19) Volker Barth
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