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Master Geek

# 142817 25-Mar-2014 15:19
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As the topic says I want to run a single hosted Application that uses SQL for its database. Sql express would be fine. The cost for a small windows box is about $85-90 a month depending on how much bandwidth you use but the cost for a SQL Server of the same size is $128 - 130ish

If I choose a Windows server am I free to put anything I like on it software wise??

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Uber Geek


  # 1012545 25-Mar-2014 15:44
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Yes. You can install whatever you want. It's a VM with only Windows OS loaded on it if you selected it from the Quick Gallery. You can install whatever you want on top of it.

Do whatever you want to do man.


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Master Geek

  # 1012550 25-Mar-2014 15:48
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Thanks Bill, nice to see you are still keeping your hand in.. (-;

So I guess people choose SQL if they need the licensed versions.


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Ultimate Geek


  # 1012558 25-Mar-2014 16:25
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mmlakeman: So I guess people choose SQL if they need the licensed versions.

That's correct.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 1012576 25-Mar-2014 16:58
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Any reason not use the Windows Azure SQL databases though?

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Master Geek

  # 1012592 25-Mar-2014 17:16
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Hi nzkc, just the cost of the same box with SQL is $40 a month more. The App is unlikely to go over the SQL express size limits.

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  # 1012605 25-Mar-2014 17:44
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SQL Azure I think he was meaning, not SQL running in a IaaS VM

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  # 1012781 25-Mar-2014 22:05
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If the OP is already needing an IaaS VM to host the application then adding SQLExpress probably makes the most sense from a $/month perspective.  If scalability and availability were factors then SQL Azure plus Windows Azure Web Sites would make more sense.

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