Andrew Harry Andrew Harry - 1 year ago 67
SQL Question

Limitations of Running Multiple Instances of MS SQL EXPRESS

I plan on installing Multiple Instances of MS SQL EXPRESS on my Development Server.

I am hoping this will let me get around the limitations of SQL EXPRESS:

  • 1 GB of RAM,

  • 1 CPU

  • Database size max 4 GB

[I understand and wish that I could afford a full licence version of SQL Server.]

So, would this work? Would each instance have their own independent limitations?

Answer Source

If you have an MSDN subscription then you can install the Development version and I don't believe that has any restrictions...of course it's for development purposes only.

You can purchase SQL Server Developer Edition from Microsoft at this's $50

As of 2016 (?) SQL Server Developer Edition is Free, downloadable at

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