I've read through a lot of the material covering the limitations of windows web edition 2008, but I'm nervous about making the call to go ahead and use it.

One small point I noticed was that Web Edition doesn't support Remote Desktop Services... does this mean that we cannot remote desktop into the server to administer it?

Also I can't seem to find anything solid that talks about the ability to load SQL server standard or enterprise edition onto a web edition 2008 server. Is this possible? Are there memory limitations?

Thanks, Jacques


"Remote Desktop Services" is very different to Remote Desktop. Remote desktop (for 2 remote + 1 console users) is available in every Microsoft server OS since Windows 2000. 2k8 Web is no different.

As far as SQL server is concerned, I believe it's technically possible to install SQL Server with a minimum of fuss (For 2005 I believe you'll need SP3). HOWEVER, the big limitation is that the SQL server can only be used by the web server it's installed on. You can't install SQL Server on it and then use that SQL for other applications/servers.

  • Does that include SQL Enterprise or Standard?
    – Jacques
    Nov 4 '10 at 10:34
  • @Jacques - I'm not sure. I would assume only Standard, as enterprise includes a lot of stuff that would be outside the Web Server licensing. Nov 4 '10 at 20:36

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