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SQL Express: how good is it?

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I want to use sql express for small ecommerce website, I have a few questions:
- is it free for production (let s say i use win 2000 server or xp professional for server)?
- what could be the drawback using this DB?
- can i have back up running on schedule for this DB?
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- is it free for production (let s say i use win 2000 server or xp professional for server)?

Yes you can use it for this freely.

- what could be the drawback using this DB?

Limited number of connections and limited database size

- can i have back up running on schedule for this DB?

It does not come with SQL Server Agent, but you could use SQLCMD command line utility to run a backup script and schedule that with the scheduler service
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Quote from my current bible (SQL Server 2005 Stored Procedure Programming In TSQ & .Net by Dejan Sunderic)

"Although Express Edition is compatible with all other versions of SQL Server 2005 and thus makes an excellent development tool in a stand-alone environment, the absence of administrative tools such as SQL Server Management Studio means that some of the information you find in this book will not be usable right away. I recommend that you obtain some other version (such as Developer Edition or Evaluation Edition) or buy a Server/PerSeat Client Access License (CAL) that will allow you to use administrative tools against Express Edition."

Then he adds in a note:
"Microsoft has released SQL Server Management Studio Express that could be used to manage Express Edition instances, but it's too simple and inconvenient. You should upgrade."

Personally I think it's the best free software I've ever used. Havn't encountered any limitations in the database design process. The maximum storage capacity is 4GB. (Per instance or database I don't know.)

And remember, I'm talking about a development environment... Don't blame me :-)


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The 4GB limitation is per database not instance
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