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I visited Microsoft pricing page about SQL Server databases, but it was not that clear for me. I want to know the exact cost of SQL Server Web Edition.

Furthermore, I would like to know how can I get it if I am with VPS hosting? Should I install it by myself or will they install it for me?

And finally, is there a web host that provide SQL Server Web edition so I pay for them directly with the hosting package?

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Microsoft does have a sales team you can call. Same for a number of different server hosts. – pst Nov 20 '10 at 0:15

The costs for each VPS provider will be different - that being said shop around. Microsoft, and a Microsoft partner are able to give you pricing - and most likely doing so here would be breaking an Acceptable Use Policy - so most will respect the rules.

One suggestion (it cannot be used for hosting however) would be for you to obtain a Microsoft Action Pack subscription (MAPS) for $399 you can obtain a large amount of Microsoft software for next to nothing in comparison to the actual cost.

It is for development only - but that may help you while building your application(s)

There are other options as well - but MAPS is decent enough for most small shops

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Is it really ok to use the MAPS software for development? I thought it was for testing only, so we actually pay for full versions in all of our development environments.. – 3molo Nov 20 '10 at 9:16
As far as I know, if you are an ISV or similar, and use the software internally, you can do that (note that per se development tools like Visual Studio are not include in MAPS). – Alberto Martinez Nov 20 '10 at 19:58

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