Can mySQL and MSSQL coexist on the same server peacefully?

Gabriel Gunderson gabe at
Fri Dec 4 21:22:41 MST 2009

On Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 8:40 PM, Shane Hathaway <shane at> wrote:
> Gabriel Gunderson wrote:
>> No really, it's marvelous.  Think about it...  you get all the
>> benefits of a truly enterprise DB (MSSQL) and world-class webserver
>> (IIS) without having to leave Linux.  And thanks to the Wine project,
>> it Just Works.
>> The best part is that doing a simple "apt-get install wine" is much
>> easier then installing Windows and keeping it updated.  Well, since
>> we're using Fedora[1] for our production servers, it's more like "yum
>> install wine", but you get the picture.
> Ok, but I thought the main reason people want an enterprise database is
> to get commercial support.  There's no way Microsoft is going to support
> a Wine-based installation.  I'm guessing you're supporting some existing
> application that only runs on MSSQL.  For all new development, surely
> you'd want a database designed for Unix.

Right.  Like you said, one of the main reasons that one chooses an
Enterprise DB (over some community developed one) is the support.
It's totally reassuring that you can pick up the phone and get someone
with the serious technical expertise needed to get things working
again.  Not to mention, they'll have access to internal KBs that
nobody else does.  Heck, they might even have access to the source
code and be able to take it line by line until they find your problem.
 You can't put a price on that kind of support.

They would *not* be thrilled to know that I'm running IIS and MSSQL
Server on Wine, but really, have you ever been asked that question
when you call tech support?  I just don't mention it.  And when they
say, "OK, click on the START button on the bottom, left-hand part of
the screen," I just wait a moment and say, "OK."  They never really
know, so yeah, that works great.

You gotta remember, when you're supporting Enterprise systems, you
can't do anything that might limit your access to that support
--that's why we shell out the big bucks of the products in the first
place.  And if you're doing something like running MSSQL under Wine,
you just need to keep it low key.


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