Can I install Windows Image on Virtualbox for occasional use of SQL Server?

March 10, 2018 1.6k views
Miscellaneous Ubuntu 16.04

Hi. I'm confortable with using VNC for a Linux VPS but once in a while I need to use some SQL Server Database for a short time need. That's when having a VPS on Windows comes in handy. I'm wondering if I can avoid a Windows VPS by using Virtual Box to install a Windows Desktop Image with SQL Server. I would just turn this Virtualbox sometimes. Nothing for production. Can I achieve this with Digital Ocean VPS $20/mo???

4 Answers

Yes For sure just submit ticket on their support and in Description type "Please mount recovery ISO to my droplet " keep in mind that you must turn off your droplet after creating it then submit this ticket and after that just logon to console and download windows iso and after installing just reply them on same ticket "Please remove recovery ISO"
and finally you can boot into your windows Machine

  • Thanks for your reply. Just to clarify, I think I didn't explain myself good enough. I didn't intend Digital Ocean to provide a Windows Instance. I intended to buy a $20/mo VPS with Ubuntu and install Virtual Box on it to emulate Windows from time to time. That Windows I would install it myself from an image. Do you think it'is possible with a $20/mo Ubuntu VPS that has 4GB ram and 80GB SSD?

DigitalOcean doesn't offer Windows instances, neither support modifying Droplets.
However, have you tried running SQL Server on Linux?

SQL Server 2017 supports Linux (as well as running under Docker). You can check out their official docs — Quickstart: Install SQL Server and create a database on Ubuntu for more details on how to install SQL Server 2017 on Ubuntu 16.04.

  • It's really interesting. I didn't know it was possible to install SQL Server express on Ubuntu.

    Just to clarify in case you have other opinion. I didn't explain myself good enough. I didn't intend Digital Ocean to provide a Windows Instance. I intended to buy a $20/mo VPS with Ubuntu and install Virtual Box on it to emulate Windows from time to time. That Windows I would install it myself from an image. Do you think is possible with a $20/mo VPS? In any case I think your suggestion about SQL Server on Linux is still great.

Its also possible but let me tell you that your vps will not work good even when you try to use it through vnc it will lag too much so thats why i described you the scenario about installing windows vps server on ubuntu droplet

  • Vino, do you know this from experience? Or are you theorizing? If from experience, is it recent? And did you discern the cause of lag, and there was no solution?

We want to get the windows 10 screen recorder online and this is really interesting for us all.

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