I need to minimize the cost of the platform, that will run SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition. I have a special licensed version of this SQL server to work with like 20 users (it's an 1C special conditions licensing to be used with 1C products only) with costs not too much. I don't want to buy Windows Server license because with this number of clients (20) I need to buy Enterprise version, which is about $5000.
- SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard supports as I can see Windows 7 Professional.
- Windows 7 Professional x64 supports up to 192Gb of memory so that's prettty enough.
- 20 inbound connections limit does not apply to TCP-IP connections as I know.
What are the downsides of using Windows 7 x64 Professional as a host OS for SQL Server 2008 R2?