Features Supported by the Editions of SQL Server 2014

This topic provides details of features supported by the different editions of SQL Server 2014.

NOTE: SQL Server is available in an Evaluation edition for a 180-day trial period. For more information, see the SQL Server Trial Software Web Site.

NOTE: For features supported by Evaluation and Developer editions see the SQL Server Enterprise feature set.

To navigate to the table for a SQL Server technology, click on its link:

Cross-Box Scale Limits

High Availability

Scalability and Performance

Security

Replication

Management Tools

RDBMS Manageability

Development Tools

Programmability

Integration Services

Integration Services-Advanced Adapters

Integration Services-Advanced Transforms

Master Data Services

Data Warehouse

Analysis Services

BI Semantic Model (Multidimensional)

BI Semantic Model (Tabular)

PowerPivot for SharePoint

Data Mining

Reporting Services

Business Intelligence Clients

Spatial and Location Services

Additional Database Services

Other Components

Cross-Box Scale Limits

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
Maximum Compute Capacity Used by a Single Instance (SQL Server Database Engine)1 Operating System maximum Limited to lesser of 4 Sockets or 16 cores Limited to lesser of 4 Sockets or 16 cores Limited to lesser of 4 Sockets or 16 cores Limited to lesser of 1 Socket or 4 cores Limited to lesser of 1 Socket or 4 cores Limited to lesser of 1 Socket or 4 cores
Maximum Compute Capacity Used by a Single Instance (Analysis Services, Reporting Services) 1 Operating system maximum Operating system maximum Limited to lesser of 4 Sockets or 16 cores Limited to lesser of 4 Sockets or 16 cores Limited to lesser of 1 Socket or 4 cores Limited to lesser of 1 Socket or 4 cores Limited to lesser of 1 Socket or 4 cores
Maximum memory utilized (per instance of SQL Server Database Engine) Operating system maximum 128 GB 128 GB 64 GB 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB
Maximum memory utilized (per instance of Analysis Services) Operating system maximum Operating system maximum 64 GB N/A N/A N/A N/A
Maximum memory utilized (per instance of Reporting Services) Operating system maximum Operating system maximum 64 GB 64 GB 4 GB N/A N/A
Maximum relational Database size 524 PB 524 PB 524 PB 524 PB 10 GB 10 GB 10 GB

1 Enterprise Edition with Server + Client Access License (CAL) based licensing (not available for new agreements) is limited to a maximum of 20 cores per SQL Server instance. There are no limits under the Core-based Server Licensing model. For more information, see Compute Capacity Limits by Edition of SQL Server.

High Availability

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
Server Core support1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Log Shipping Yes Yes Yes Yes
Database mirroring Yes Yes (Safety Full Only) Yes (Safety Full Only) Witness only Witness only Witness only Witness only
Backup compression Yes Yes Yes
Database snapshot Yes
Alwayson Failover Cluster Instances Yes (Node support: Operating system maximum Yes (Node support: 2) Yes (Node support: 2)
AlwaysOn Availability Groups Yes (up to 8 secondary replicas, including 2 synchronous secondary replicas)
Connection Director Yes
Online page and file restore Yes
Online indexing Yes
Online schema change Yes
Fast recovery Yes
Mirrored backups Yes
Hot Add Memory and CPU2 Yes
Database Recovery Advisor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Encrypted Backup Yes Yes Yes
Smart Backup Yes Yes Yes No

1For more information on installing SQL Server 2014 on Server Core, see Install SQL Server 2014 on Server Core.

2This feature is only available for 64-bit SQL Server.

Scalability and Performance

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
Multi-instance support 50 50 50 50 50 50 50
Table and index partitioning Yes
Data compression Yes
Resource Governor Yes
Partition Table Parallelism Yes
Multiple Filestream containers Yes
NUMA Aware Large Page Memory and Buffer Array Allocation Yes
Buffer Pool Extension 1 Yes Yes Yes
IO Resource Governance Yes
In-Memory OLTP 1 Yes
Delayed durability Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

1 This feature is only available for 64-bit SQL Server.

Security

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
Basic Auditing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fine Grained Auditing Yes
Transparent database encryption Yes
Extensible Key Management Yes
User-Defined Roles Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Contained Databases Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Encryption for Backups Yes Yes Yes

Replication

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
SQL Server change tracking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Merge replication Yes Yes Yes Yes (Subscriber only) Yes (Subscriber only) Yes (Subscriber only) Yes (Subscriber only)
Transactional replication Yes Yes Yes Yes (Subscriber only) Yes (Subscriber only) Yes (Subscriber only) Yes (Subscriber only)
Snapshot replication Yes Yes Yes Yes (Subscriber only Yes (Subscriber only) Yes (Subscriber only) Yes (Subscriber only)
Heterogeneous subscribers Yes Yes Yes
Oracle publishing Yes
Peer to Peer transactional replication Yes

Management Tools

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
SQL Management Objects (SMO) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SQL Configuration Manager Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SQL CMD (Command Prompt tool) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SQL Server Management Studio Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Distributed Replay – Admin Tool Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Distributed Replay - Client Yes No Yes Yes
Distributed Replay - Controller Yes (Enterprise supports up to 16 clients, Developer supports only 1 client) No Yes (1 client support only) Yes (1 client support only)
SQL Profiler Yes Yes Yes No2 No2 No2 No2
SQL Server Agent Yes Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager Management Pack Yes Yes Yes Yes
Database Tuning Advisor (DTA) Yes Yes Yes3 Yes3
Deploy a SQL Server Database to a Windows Azure VM Wizard Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SQL Server Data Files in Windows Azure Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

2 SQL Server Web, SQL Server Express, SQL Server Express with Tools, and SQL Server Express with Advanced Services can be profiled using SQL Server Standard and SQL Server Enterprise editions.

3 Tuning enabled only on Standard edition features.

RDBMS Manageability

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
User Instances Yes Yes Yes
LocalDB Yes Yes
Dedicated admin connection Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (under trace flag) Yes (under trace flag) Yes (under trace flag)
PowerShell scripting support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SysPrep support1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for Data-tier application component operations – extract, deploy, upgrade, delete Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Policy automation (check on schedule and change) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Performance data collector Yes Yes Yes Yes
Able to enroll as a managed instance in a multi-instance management Yes Yes Yes Yes
Standard performance reports Yes Yes Yes Yes
Plan guides and plan freezing for plan guides Yes Yes Yes Yes
Direct query of indexed views (using NOEXPAND hint) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Automatic indexed view maintenance Yes Yes Yes Yes
Distributed partitioned views Yes Partial. Distributed Partitioned Views are not updatable Partial. Distributed Partitioned Views are not updatable Partial. Distributed Partitioned Views are not updatable Partial. Distributed Partitioned Views are not updatable Partial. Distributed Partitioned Views are not updatable Partial. Distributed Partitioned Views are not updatable
Parallel indexed operations Yes
Automatic use of indexed view by query optimizer Yes
Parallel consistency check Yes
SQL Server Utility control point Yes
Contained Databases Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Buffer Pool Extension2 Yes Yes Yes

1 For more information, see Considerations for Installing SQL Server Using SysPrep.

2 This feature is only available for 64-bit SQL Server.

Development Tools

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
Microsoft Visual Studio Integration Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intellisense (Transact-SQL and MDX) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SQL query edit and design tools1 Yes Yes Yes
Version control support1 Yes Yes Yes
MDX edit, debug, and design tools1 Yes Yes Yes

1 This feature is not available for 64-bit version of Standard edition.

Programmability

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
Common Language Runtime (CLR) Integration Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Native XML support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
XML indexing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MERGE & UPSERT Capabilities Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FILESTREAM support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FileTable Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Date and Time datatypes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Internationalization support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Full-text and semantic search Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Specification of language in query Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Service Broker (messaging) Yes Yes Yes No (Client only) No (Client only) No (Client only) No (Client only)
Transact-SQL endpoints Yes Yes Yes Yes

Integration Services

Feature Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
SQL Server Import and Export Wizard Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Built-in data source connectors Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SSIS designer and runtime Yes Yes Yes
Basic Transforms Yes Yes Yes
Basic data profiling tools Yes Yes Yes
Change Data Capture Service for Oracle by Attunity Yes
Change Data Capture Designer for Oracle by Attunity Yes

Integration Services - Advanced Adapters

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
High performance Oracle destination Yes
High performance Teradata destination Yes
SAP BW source and destination Yes
Data mining model training destination adapter Yes
Dimension processing destination adapter Yes
Partition processing destination adapter Yes
Change Data Capture components by Attunity Yes
Connector for Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) by Attunity Yes

Integration Services - Advanced Transforms

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
Persistent (high performance) lookups Yes
Data mining query transformation Yes
Fuzzy grouping and lookup transformations Yes
Term extractions and lookup transformations Yes

Master Data Services

Note

  • Master Data Services is available on the 64-bit editions of Business Intelligence and Enterprise only.
Feature Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
Master Data Services database Yes Yes
Master Data Manager web application Yes Yes

Data Warehouse

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
Create cubes without a database Yes Yes Yes
Auto-generate staging and data warehouse schema Yes Yes Yes
Change data capture Yes
Star join query optimizations Yes
Scalable read-only Analysis Services configuration Yes
Parallel query processing on partitioned tables and indices Yes
xVelocity memory optimized columnstore indexes Yes
Global Batch Aggregation Yes

Analysis Services

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
Scalable Shared Databases (Attach/Detach, Read only databases) Yes Yes
Backup/Restore, Attach/Detach databases Yes Yes Yes
Synchronize databases Yes Yes
High Availability Yes Yes Yes
Programmability (AMO, ADOMD.Net, OLEDB, XML/A, ASSL) Yes Yes Yes

BI Semantic Model (Multidimensional)

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
Semi-additive Measures Yes Yes No1
Hierarchies Yes Yes Yes
KPIs Yes Yes Yes
Perspectives Yes Yes
Actions Yes Yes Yes
Account intelligence Yes Yes Yes
Time Intelligence Yes Yes Yes
Custom rollups Yes Yes Yes
Writeback cube Yes Yes Yes
Writeback dimensions Yes Yes
Writeback cells Yes Yes Yes
Drillthrough Yes Yes Yes
Advanced hierarchy types (Parent-Child, Ragged Hiearchies) Yes Yes Yes
Advanced dimensions (Reference dimensions, many-to-many dimensions Yes Yes Yes
Linked measures and dimensions Yes Yes
Translations Yes Yes Yes
Aggregations Yes Yes Yes
Multiple Partitions Yes Yes Yes, up to 3
Proactive Caching Yes Yes
Custom Assemblies (stored procs) Yes Yes Yes
MDX queries and scripts Yes Yes Yes
DAX queries Yes Yes
Role-based security model Yes Yes Yes
Dimension and Cell-level Security Yes Yes Yes
Scalable string storage Yes Yes Yes
MOLAP, ROLAP, HOLAP storage modes Yes Yes Yes
Binary and compressed XML transport Yes Yes Yes
Push-mode processing Yes Yes
Direct Writeback Yes Yes
Measure Expressions Yes Yes

1The LastChild semi-additive measure is supported in standard edition, but other semi-additive measures, such as None, FirstChild, FirstNonEmpty, LastNonEmpty, AverageOfChildren, and ByAccount, are not. Additive measures, such as Sum, Count, Min, Max, and non-additive measures (DistinctCount) are supported on all editions.

BI Semantic Model (Tabular)

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
Hierarchies Yes Yes
KPIs Yes Yes
Perspectives Yes Yes
Translations Yes Yes
DAX calculations, DAX queries, MDX queries Yes Yes
Row-level Security Yes Yes
Partitions Yes Yes
In-Memory and DirectQuery storage modes (Tabular only) Yes Yes

PowerPivot for SharePoint

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
SharePoint farm integration based on shared service architecture Yes Yes
Usage reporting Yes Yes
Health monitoring rules Yes Yes
PowerPivot Gallery Yes Yes
PowerPivot Data Refresh Yes Yes
PowerPivot Data Feeds Yes Yes

Data Mining

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
Standard Algorithms Yes Yes Yes
Data Mining Tools (Wizards, Editors Query Builders) Yes Yes Yes
Cross Validation Yes Yes
Models on Filtered Subsets of Mining Structure Data Yes Yes
Time Series: Custom Blending Between ARTXP and ARIMA Methods Yes Yes
Time Series: Prediction with New Data Yes Yes
Unlimited Concurrent DM Queries Yes Yes
Advanced Configuration & Tuning Options for Data Mining Algorithms Yes Yes
Support for plug-in algorithms Yes Yes
Parallel Model Processing Yes Yes
Time Series: Cross-Series Prediction Yes Yes
Unlimited attributes for Association Rules Yes Yes
Sequence Prediction Yes Yes
Multiple Prediction Targets for Naïve Bayes, Neural Network and Logistic Regression Yes Yes

Reporting Services

Reporting Services Features

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
Supported catalog DB SQL Server edition Standard or higher Standard or higher Standard or higher Web Express
Supported data source SQL Server edition All SQL Server editions All SQL Server editions All SQL Server editions Web Express
Report server Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Report Designer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Report Manager Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Role based security Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Word Export and Rich Text Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Enhanced gauges and charting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Export to Excel, PDF, and Images Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Custom authentication Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Report as data feeds Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Model support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Create custom roles for role-based security Yes Yes Yes
Model Item security Yes Yes Yes
Infinite click through Yes Yes Yes
Shared component library Yes Yes Yes
Email and file share subscriptions and scheduling Yes Yes Yes
Report history, execution snapshots and caching Yes Yes Yes
SharePoint Integration Yes Yes Yes
Remote and non-SQL data source support1 Yes Yes Yes
Data source, delivery and rendering, RDCE extensibility Yes Yes Yes
Data driven report subscription Yes Yes
Scale out deployment (Web farms) Yes Yes
Alerting2 Yes Yes
Power View 2 Yes Yes

1For more information on the supported datasources in SQL Server 2014 Reporting Services (SSRS), see Data Sources Supported by Reporting Services (SSRS).

2Requires Reporting Services in SharePoint mode. For more information, see Reporting Services SharePoint Mode Installation (SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013).

Report Server Database Server Edition Requirements

When creating a report server database, not all editions of SQL Server can be used to host the database. The following table shows you which editions of the Database Engine you can use for specific editions of Reporting Services.

For this edition of SQL Server Reporting Services Use this edition of the Database Engine instance to host the database
Enterprise Standard, Business Intelligence Enterprise, editions (local or remote)
Business Intelligence Standard, Business Intelligence Enterprise, editions (local or remote)
Standard Standard, Enterprise editions (local or remote)
Web Web edition (local only)
Express with Advanced Services Express with Advanced Services (local only).
Evaluation Evaluation

Business Intelligence Clients

The following software client applications are available on the Microsoft Downloads center and are provided to assist you with creating business intelligence documents that run on a SQL Server instance. When you host these documents in a server environment, use an edition of SQL Server that is supported for that document type. The following table identifies which SQL Server edition contains the server features required to host the documents created in these client applications.

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
Report Builder Yes Yes Yes
Data Mining Addins for Excel and Visio 2010 Yes Yes Yes
PowerPivot for Excel 2010 Yes Yes
Master Data Services Add-in for Excel Yes Yes

Note

  1. PowerPivot for Excel is an Excel addin and does not depend on SQL Server. However PowerPivot for SharePoint is required for sharing and collaborating with PowerPivot workbooks in SharePoint and this capability is available as part of SQL Server Enterprise and Business Intelligence editions.
    1. The above table identifies the SQL Server editions that are required to enable these client tools; however these features can access data hosted on any edition of SQL Server.

Spatial and Location Services

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
Spatial indexes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Planar and Geodetic datatypes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced spatial libraries Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Import/export of industry-standard spatial data formats Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Additional Database Services

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
SQL Server Migration Assistant Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Database mail Yes Yes Yes Yes

Other Components

Feature Name Enterprise Business Intelligence Standard Web Express with Advanced Services Express with Tools Express
Data Quality Services Yes Yes
StreamInsight StreamInsight Premium Edition StreamInsight Standard Edition StreamInsight Standard Edition StreamInsight Standard Edition
StreamInsight HA StreamInsight Premium Edition

See Also

Product Specifications for SQL Server 2014
Installation for SQL Server 2014
Quick-Start Installation of SQL Server 2014