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SQL Server 2008 Web license

We want to ultimately purchase the SQL Server 2008 Web license. However, we want to download the free trial first and try it out.

Is there a free trial for: SQL Server 2008 Web?

Also, if not, is the free trial, just a licensing thing and they are all the same? Or are they different versions based on the license?

If they're different, and we install the trial version, when we want to purchase the SQL Server 2008 Web license, is that going to mess up our ability to use the data we've been working with during the trial version?

thanks.
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Starr Duskk
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Mark WillsTopic AdvisorCommented:
Not yet, well, at least I don't see it - there is the VS 2008 Web Edition which does have SQL, but as for the "SQL Server 2008 Web" I believe it is targetted more at hosting companies.

Anyway, cannot seem to find a download, could look at the partner portal for more info - but won't help you unless you are a partner. Might be worthwhile keeping a watch on the team blog : http://sqlserver-qa.net/blogs/sql2008/archive/2008/09/26/4937.aspx but, if it the developer perspective, then have a look at the web developer team : http://blogs.msdn.com/webdevtools/default.aspx

Most "hosting" designed releases need some kind of volume licensing - normally through a partner program. If you are in that space, then talk to your volume license partner.
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Starr DuskkASP.NET VB.NET DeveloperAuthor Commented:
The web version is billed by the processors:
http://www.softwaremedia.com/product/5805.html
 
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Mark WillsTopic AdvisorCommented:
Yes, it is designed for web sites where many people , and a largely unpredictable number of people can access your site, so, most Web licenses are by the processor, not the "seat", unless of course you are running a SaaS site or similar.

What I meant by volume license is a special arrangement with a duly authorised and empowered MS partner is that companies selling services over the internet do not have to purchase their own single license per se but consume resources on a pay-as-you-go type arangement. Have a look at http://blogs.msdn.com/irelandlicensing/archive/2008/07/11/microsoft-sql-server-2008-web-edition.aspx as an indicator that it is likely targetting the volume license space...

But those comments might not be applicable to you if it is just your own web site, or internal hosting. If so, then your might want to also look at the hosting toolkit : http://www.codeplex.com/sqlhost

Have seen some sites selling licenses, and have also seen the SQL Server 2008  Developer Edition, but cannot seem to find the "officla" downloads off the MS sites as yet - so a bit wary about some of those...

Here is the homepage for it : http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/web.aspx  you might have more luck in finding the 'official' download - seems to always gets back to enterprise, or goes to 2005. If you are part of MS Connect or a partner then there are other avenues for you...

The closest I have come to is Visual Web Developer Express : http://www.microsoft.com/express/download/ it does profess to have some of those utilities with enhanced security management etc...

So, back to your original question... Now, do not think that there is a free trial yet. Yes it is the same engine underneath it all. No it is not exactly the same because there are a few additionals tools and enhanced security features. Yes, most of it is a marketing / positioning excercise, but deliberately targetted at the growing web space, so needs a point of differentiation for the "engine" license model (else how to compete with other web databases)... Because it is the same engine, you should not have any problems moving the database around. Not exactly sure what the enhanced security features are all about, so might be a bit of work to do there...



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