Our company is using an ERP system for our product inventory management and customers orders. The newest version uses MS SQL 2012. if we are not developing software and the only users accessing the MS SQL 2012 database is the 3rd party application (ERP system) can we use the Developers Edition of SQL 2012?

closed as off-topic by Philᵀᴹ, Martin Smith, Kin Shah, Mark Sinkinson, Michael Green Jul 11 '16 at 22:48

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because licensing questions are off-topic for this site, I'm afraid – Philᵀᴹ Jul 11 '16 at 19:47
  • I hope someone will be willing to answer my question as there are others in this site that are relevant to license issues. Thank you. – Grant Jul 11 '16 at 19:56
  • You are asking if you can use a developers license for a production application? – paparazzo Jul 11 '16 at 20:21
  • IMHO, any hybrid (i.e technical + business) questions with good intentions are justified here. In this case, license question is absolutely appropriate. I would even go further to say that questions or tips about how to minimize license cost, such as using a mix of SQL Express or Standard version to reduce total ownership cost should be more than welcome here and deserve some encouragements as well. – jyao Jul 11 '16 at 22:14

No, the Developer Edition is for developers only. If it contains production data, you are not licensed and it doesn't matter that only the ERP system accesses the database, the users of your ERP system count as users of SQL server.

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