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SQL Express edition for production use

Can SQL Server Express edition be used in Production for small scale business applications?
Did anyone has any experience/exposure on that?
What factors do we need to consider to confirm small scale application (apart from DB size/Memory/Transactions frequency)?

Appreciate your quick responses!!

Many thanks in advance folks!!

Arun

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ThomasRushton answered

Yes.

Other things to consider:

maintenance. If you want to do anything on a regular schedule, you may have to either run SQLAgent tasks from another database server, or faff about with Windows Scheduled tasks...

reliability / recoverability. What if everything goes wrong and you need to recover a backup? Following on from previous, if you don't have a reliable backup mechanism, you may be faced with rebuilding from scratch. However, how many of your customers will be prepared to lose everything?

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Elysian answered

Microsoft never ever recommend to use Express in production environment. You may use it for your testing environment or as a witness.

SQL server Agent will not be available in Express edition. Hence you cant automate your basic task, you have to rely on different server to schedule things.

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