SQL Server Evaluation period expired.

Posted on 2011-05-01
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Last Modified: 2012-06-27
My SQL server service is failing to start with error.

The SQL Server (MSSQLSERVER) service terminated with service-specific error 17051 (0x429B).

Looking in the SQL log it appears to be because I have finished my evaluation period. We have had a delay in getting our license.

My question is if I have been using an evaluation version of SQL 2008 how do I apply the license when I cannot even open any of the mangement tools. Can I even license an Eval version.

Question by:sydleg
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Paul Jackson earned 450 total points
ID: 35502111
You can't apply a license to an evaluation version you have to install the full version from dvd which you will presumably be getting with your licence.

Upgrade paths : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms143393(v=SQL.100).aspx
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by:Paul Jackson
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by:Alpesh Patel
Alpesh Patel earned 300 total points
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From Installation center, mange key and update license key. Then it will never come again to ask license.
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by:Nico Bontenbal
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Have you tried setting the date of your computer back a few days/weeks/months. This did the trick for me when I wanted top upgrade an expired 2008 trial to 2008R2.
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Daniel_PL earned 300 total points
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Use your SQL Server installation dvd, run setup and go to Maintenance. Click on Edition Upgrade:
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Author Closing Comment

ID: 35509371
I finally confirmed that I cannot upgrade from the SQL2008 R2 from Enterprise Evaluation but the other comments were also useful.

I have only graded the solution as 'B' as it seems that according to Microsoft, there are some version of SQL 2008 that you can actually upgrade to from Eval.


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