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Can't Backup SQL Server 2008 in expired Eval Mode

All,
Here is my sob story.  The server is Windows2003. We were running SQLServer2000 Developer for years but had to upgrade to 2008.
     - We bought SQLServer2008R2 Small Business
     - SQLServer2000 Developer would NOT upgrade to SQLServer2008R2 Small Business
     - Since we purchased a real copy, my consultant DBA installed a version of his personal Developer license 6 months ago
     - Apparently that somehow went in as EVAL mode and it just timed out..."integration servcies eval period has expired"
     - All maintenance plans stopped working and I cannot backup the database

So I now have two problems:
     - How to get this out of eval mode?
     - How to make a database backup before trying to fix anything

Anyone feel like helping on this one?
Jack
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Chris MangusDatabase AdministratorCommented:
With SQL Services stopped you could take your mdf and ldf files to a fully functional version of SQL Server and try do attach the files.  I don't know if this will work but it is worth a try.

For what it's worth, you aren't supposed to be using Developer edition in any kind of a production environment.
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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
>>Since we purchased a real copy, my consultant DBA installed a version of his personal Developer license 6 months ago<<
A. As you have discovered they did not install the Developer Edition, but rather the Evaluation Edition.
B. They either thought they were installing the Developer Edition or they failed to tell you they installed the Evaluation Edition.  On either count what they did was highly unethical and you could be in a lot of trouble.

I would highly recommend you purchase a license ASAP.
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jgbaderAuthor Commented:
If you read my original posting we DID ORIGINALLY purchase SQL Server 2008 R2 Small Business...we originally tried to avoid doing a clean install for fear of problems...which caused this situation.

We have a fully licened version that I am trying to utilize...with minimal impact to my production environment.

Can anyone help?

Thanks, Jack
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Chris MangusDatabase AdministratorCommented:
Did you attempt the solution I provided?
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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
>>We have a fully licened version that I am trying to utilize...with minimal impact to my production environment.<<
Then I would uninstall the Evaluation Edition and reinstall your licensed version of SQL Server.
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jgbaderAuthor Commented:
Let me correct my statement, we purchased SQL Server 2008 R2 Workgroup Edition, not Small Business.

cmangus: no I did not try this yet.  I am gathering ideas before I attempt them.  I did virtualize the server last night so that we can play without damaging what is still running.

acperkins: I know we can do that...first seeing if there is some way to "fix" without starting from ground floor...for instance a DBA I know is now saying that I can upgrade from the currently installed Developer to the Workgroup Edition that we own.
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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
>>for instance a DBA I know is now saying that I can upgrade from the currently installed Developer to the Workgroup Edition that we own. <<
Absolutely.  Unfortunately, as I mentioned previously you do not appear to have the Developer Edition installed, but rather the Evaluation Edition and it has expired.
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dchortonCommented:
Your best bet is to copy the MDF and LDF and attach onto the correct SQL Server, as suggested by cmanqus
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jgbaderAuthor Commented:
After lots of research and trying different things, the only solution we could find was totally uninstalling the eval version and installing our licensed version.

We tried upgrading the eval version with no success.  We detached the database, uninstalled, installed, attached the database.
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