I have no idea why TAC wouldn't support you on SQL2000 if you have purchased your own license for it and have installed all the necessary SPs and hot fixes (the install wont go through without them anyway). The Unity servers come prelicensed with the appropriate SQL build based on your port size but if you want to pony up the extra $$$ on your own to get the full SQL2000 I don't see why that would be a problem.
There's no functional reason why lower ported systems wont run just fine with the full SQL2000 loaded. In fact for failover systems with lower ports you have to use SQL2000 regardless since replication is required and this isn't supported by MSDE.
Jeff, I remember the performance team was saying something about MSDE being less taxing on a system than SQL. I have no idea why this would be since MSDE and SQL are from the same code branch. You might want to check with Mike Mass and see if he actually found a difference or if I am remembering incorrectly
Keith Chambers Unity Technical Lead Unified Voice Team, San Jose Cisco Systems
nope... this will work fine if you provide your own licensed copy of SQL 2000 (I use the full version for most of my test boxes which are all 4 ports). It's not a Unity code-enforced thing, it's a licensing issue. If you provide your own, that's fine.
You should be OK, there are situations where it would be appropriate to use SQL2000 in place of MSDE. The main difference is in how MS licenses the database engine, Unity pretty much communicates with MSDE and SQL2000 in the same fashion.
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