Using SQL server espress in production

Gabriel Mayobre 20 Reputation points

Hello, I work in a medium-sized company. A software provider asks me to install SQL Server Express to migrate their system that currently works with Access, he assures me that SQL Server Express is enough. Do I need to buy a license or can I install it without buying anything? Thank you

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  1. hossein jalilian 4,040 Reputation points

    Thanks for posting your question in the Microsoft Q&A forum.

    SQL Server Express edition is the free, entry-level version of SQL Server that can be used for production environments without any licensing costs.

    The only limitations of the Express edition are the database size (10GB) and some advanced features that are not available. However, for a medium-sized company migrating from Access, the Express edition should be sufficient

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  1. ZoeHui-MSFT 33,386 Reputation points

    Hi @Gabriel Mayobre,

    SQL Server Express edition is the entry-level, free database and is ideal for learning and building desktop and small server data-driven applications. It is the best choice for independent software vendors, developers, and hobbyists building client applications.

    For more details, you can refer to this link:


    Zoe Hui

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