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UW Hosted Microsoft SQL Server Express Databases Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a basic overview of the University of Wyoming, Information Technology Department’s Hosted Microsoft SQL Server Service. For specific information, please email for a copy of the SSE contract.

Who is eligible for this service?

Any entity designated by the University of Wyoming’s Human Resources department under the current DDU definition can purchase a hosted MS SQL Server Express Instance on UW’s hosted SSE database server.

Are there restrictions regarding the data contained in a hosted Microsoft SSE database?

Yes. SSE hosted databases cannot contain sensitive information including but not limited to social security numbers, credit card information, student records, or other data covered under FERPA or HIPPA regulations. For more information and to discuss your needs please contact

What version of Microsoft SQL Server Express do you use?

We offer the latest available version Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express that is compatible with our environment

How do I request a new SSE Database Instance?

Please email with the following information:
• Name
• Purpose of Database
• Desired Date
• Desired Instance Name

How much does it cost?

Please email for current pricing.

Is there a database size limit?

Yes, there is a 10GB size limit per database with a maximum of 35 databases per instance. If more space is required an additional SSE Instance will need to be purchased.

What type of support can I expect for my SSE database instance?

IT will provide a working database instance, maintain basic security and backups, and provide automated service monitoring.

This service is intended for users with sufficient knowledge of SSE and their applications to maintain their databases and applications. It is the responsibility of the client to have and maintain sufficient knowledge about their application and SSE to manage and troubleshoot interaction between the application, the database instance, and any database accounts necessary for application communication. IT does not provide instructions on how to setup a SSE database’s security and tables. It is understood that the client will maintain this expertise. If more support is needed IT offers alternative database services for additional fees. Clients should contact the IT Database Office at to discuss other service options.

Is there scheduled downtime?

IT sets aside Sunday mornings from 12:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M. for system patching and maintenance. IT also reserves the right to take the database down for emergency security patches if it is deemed a significant enough security threat to warrant patching immediately.

IT reserves the right to take any SSE instance out of service immediately if it is deemed to have been compromised or is otherwise adversely affecting the server or other services on the system.

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Additional help with the installation and configuration of
UW-supported software is available:
Contact the IT Help Desk at 766-HELP (4357), option 1
Contact the IT Help Desk at 766-HELP (4357), option 1
Come to the student computer lab in the lobby of the
Information Technology Center.

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