[2 days left] What’s wrong with your cloud strategy? Learn why multicloud solutions matter with Nimble Storage.Register Now


SQL Express 2008 and multiple user access

Posted on 2013-11-01
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2013-11-02

I want to create a database in SQL Express 2008 that can be accessed by multiple people at the same time. Will the Express edition allow me to install it onto one computer, while multiple people from multiple people access the data? Or, is the Express edition limited to a single computer and single user access from that same computer?

Question by:jhieb
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
LVL 40

Accepted Solution

lcohan earned 2000 total points
ID: 39617897
That will work - there are some limitation in Express edition but in functionality:


Author Comment

ID: 39617920
I assume the multi-instance support entries are the ones I am to look at? Please confirm this is the entry. Also, do you know what the limits are for multi instance? I am hoping to be able to access the SQL Express server up to 5 times and onto at least 5 machines.
LVL 16

Expert Comment

ID: 39618265
SQL Server is a server system - you write software to connect to one (or more) installs, but you do not need to have multiple installs because you have multiple users. Unlike a product like Access, which really does not handle multiple simultaneous gracefully, all versions of SQL Server are designed for use by multiple simultaneous users. For more info about the various Express versions: here.



Author Comment

ID: 39618449
Thanks. I thought Express might be limited by the specific workstation. It's nice to know you can have multiple instances on multiple machines connecting to a central SQL server even if it is the express edition.
LVL 16

Expert Comment

ID: 39618689
Multiple instances of what??? You only need one copy of SQL Server on one machine, and your front-end programs all connect to it overa network.  You _can_ have multiple installs of SQL Server on one machine, or multiple installs spread over a network, and get them to communicate, but normally you don't need to.  

Wwhat are you trying to achieve in the end?

Featured Post

Windows Server 2016: All you need to know

Learn about Hyper-V features that increase functionality and usability of Microsoft Windows Server 2016. Also, throughout this eBook, you’ll find some basic PowerShell examples that will help you leverage the scripts in your environments!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article explains how to reset the password of the sa account on a Microsoft SQL Server.  The steps in this article work in SQL 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014 and 2016.
Ever needed a SQL 2008 Database replicated/mirrored/log shipped on another server but you can't take the downtime inflicted by initial snapshot or disconnect while T-logs are restored or mirror applied? You can use SQL Server Initialize from Backup…
This video shows, step by step, how to configure Oracle Heterogeneous Services via the Generic Gateway Agent in order to make a connection from an Oracle session and access a remote SQL Server database table.
Via a live example, show how to backup a database, simulate a failure backup the tail of the database transaction log and perform the restore.

656 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question