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SQL express 2005 to SQL Express 2008

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trying to fix a mess.

I have a windows 2008 r2 64x box with WSUS and Trackit that are using SQL express 2005 for the database manager. yes i know this is not supported. I know nothing about sql so you will have to walk me through this if possible.

what i want to do. install SQL Express 2008 on same Server and move/upgrade the databases to 2008 and remove 2005. sounds simple enough but i know nothing about sql.

is it possible. do you need more info? the trackit program only supports sql to version 2008 so going to 2010 or 2012 is not an option.

Thanks

Corey
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by:Anthony Perkins
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>>only supports sql to version 2008 so going to 2010 or 2012 is not an option. <<
There is no SQL Server 2010.  

Do you want to install the Express Edition of SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008-R2?
Are you installing it on a new server or the same one as the SQL Server 2005?
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by:Coreyg13
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Yes the express version of 2008 r2 and yes install to same server.
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by:Anthony Perkins
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Then it should be as simple as doing an in-place upgrade as it appears that this route (SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2008-R2) is supported.  See here:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms143393(v=sql.105).aspx
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by:Alpesh Patel
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Just run the SQL Server installer and  check the option "Upgrade from SQL Server 2000/2005/2008"

and follow the steps.
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So I ran the install and chose the upgrade option and got an error message. i was able to install a new instance of 2008 r2 though. is there a way to move the databases to the 2008 instance and upgrade the databases?
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i was able to install a new instance of 2008 r2 though. is there a way to move the databases to the 2008 instance and upgrade the databases?
Restore the SQL backups from the old instance in the new instance.
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