Can I use SQL Server Web Edition on my VM?

Microsoft adds a special licensing model for Service Providers via their SPLA model. One of these models that we offer is Microsoft SQL Server Web Edition. This allows a user to license SQL Server at a reduced cost for the purposes of storing website data.

However, it is to be noted that the agreement comes with a number of restrictions in how the software may be used. Further information on the supported features of this software package are available here.

SQL Server Web Edition may be used only to support public and Internet accessible:

  • Web pages
  • Web sites
  • Web applications
  • Web services

It may not be used to support line of business applications (e.g., Customer Relationship Management, Enterprise Resource Management and other similar applications).

If you have any further questions or are unsure if you use-case fits the parameters detailed above, contact our support team at