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Certianly from my experience the main reason for using it is that once it becomes to large for a desktop machine it's trivial to migrate to a 'proper' MsSql server.

I also don't find the admin side much of a faff. Provide your users a backup/restore option within your app and ensure you install your own instance.




SQL Express has some rather shitty default configuration when you install it, that you usually have to change to actually use it for anything useful.




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