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Performing a SQL Server 2012 - Evaluation Edition Upgrade

Discussion in 'Installation and Administration' started by Peter Schmitz, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. Peter Schmitz

    Peter Schmitz Administrator Staff Member

    If you're one of the early birds, you grabbed a copy of SQL SErver 2012 - Evaluation Edition. Then chances are you recently received a message that your evluation period ended.

    If you want to upgrade to another version of SQLServer 2012, this guide might help you do so.

    First, you should verify which version you actually can upgrade to. Microsoft has a handy list of supported version and edition upgrades.

    Once you have the new version in your possession, run setup.exe as you usually would. From the start screen, click on "Maintenance", and then select "Edition Upgrade":

    sql2012_version_upgrade_01.png

    Once the support setup rules check finishes, click "Next":
    sql2012_version_upgrade_02.png

    Next up is selecting either a free edition, or supplying the product key for your purchased copy of SQL Server. Conclude by clicking "Next":
    sql2012_version_upgrade_03.png

    Now you will have to agree to the legal terms. Check the box indicating you agree to the license terms, and follow with "Next":
    sql2012_version_upgrade_04.png

    You can now pick the particular instance you wish to upgrade. In the screenshot below, it shows several different versions and editions of SQL. I picked MSSQL2012 in the drop-down list. When yuou picked the correct instance, click "Next":
    sql2012_version_upgrade_05.png

    The wizard will validate your configuration at this point. If all went well, it shows all steps passed, and you can again click on "Next":
    sql2012_version_upgrade_06.png

    The wizard will now show you a brief overview of what it will do. Review the options, and continue with "Next":
    sql2012_version_upgrade_07.png

    Once the upgrade finishes, you will (hopefully) see the "Complete" screen. This concludes your version upgrade! Congrtulations! Click "Close" to wrap up.
    sql2012_version_upgrade_08.png

    I hope this article will be of use to someone :)

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