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What do I need to know about running SQL Server 2008 on a dedicated server as far as licensing goes? What would my cheapest option be? Also, for a fairly small web application, would shared hosting make more sense? (These both would be through a hosting provider) Thanks!


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If your server is on the Internet, you'll need that licence. SQL licensing is usually per physical CPU either way. –  user3914 Nov 5 '10 at 23:02

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A full SQL license is expensive. I would recommend using shared hosting, or run MySQL.

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Thanks - that's pretty much the conclusion I've come to as well. Looks like I'm switching to MySQL! –  Shane Fulmer Nov 6 '10 at 1:55

I beleive SQL Server Express is free to use without any can handle databases up to 2GB i think.

Also you don't get access to the SQL Server Agent and a few other technical parts of the full version...but if you don't need them then it should work fine for small apps.


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Maximum database size is increased to 10GB for sql server 2008R2 expressed –  DaniSQL Nov 6 '10 at 21:52

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