Category Archives: SQL

Windows Server 2008r2 and SQL Server 2008r2 End-of-Life End-of-Support coming soon

Windows Server 2008r2 and SQL Server 2008r2 will be END OF SUPPORT soon. This means no more security updates. SQL Server 2008/R2 supports ends July 2019 and Windows Server 2008R2 support ends January 2020.

Contact us to migrate from Windows Server 2008r2 to 2016 at no charge!

SQL Server Express Edition

We are often asked by our clients if they can load SQL Server Express on their hosted server and where can they download it from. Yes, it is available as a free download. Below is a quick summary of SQL Express. Riptide Hosting also offers monthly licensing options for SQL licensing for Web Edition, Standard and Enterprise including 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017 versions. SQL Web Edition is a cheaper option for public and internet accessible web pages.

Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Express is a FREE version of SQL Server that is ideal for many web & small environments. SQL Server Express has certain restrictions such as a 10 GB database size. The express edition does have some reporting services features included. See our SQL Server Hosting page at for additional information. Links below to download SQL Server Express.

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If you need more features and power than what SQL Server 2017 Express provides, contact us for pricing on SQL 2017 or SQL 2016 Standard, Web and Enterprise Editions.  We can provide SQL Server 2017 or SQL Server 2016 (2014) on a monthly basis via MS Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) with a much lower cost than you purchasing perpetual volume licensing.