Do you restrict any features in MSSQL 2005?

MSSQL 2005 provides many features which are powerful in an enterprise database environment, but which either aren't applicable or which create security concerns in a shared hosting environment.

Therefore, we restrict the following:

  • Service Broker - A messaging infrastructure that is not applicable in our shared hosting environment.
  • Web Services - We don't allow direct Internet connectivity to our SQL servers, per the security recommendations of Microsoft.
  • Full Text Catalogs — We do not permit users to create additional full textcatalogs. The system will create one for each database when it is provisioned. Users may create full text indexes.
  • Reporting Services — We do not allow users to use SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services (SSRS) in the shared environment.