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I have come upon a server that has SQL Server Express 2008 R2. This should never have been used since they have a fully licensed copy of SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard. Is it possible to upgrade this instance to SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard? I would prefer to see the SQLEXPRESS instance completely gone and returned to MSSQLSERVER. I also would prefer to retain all the users and security and databases that have been created under the SQLEXPRESS instance.
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I had found these two articles. I am still not sure if I will see only the MSSQLSERVER instance or will it remain SVRNAME\SQLEXPRESS. My biggest concern are all the users that have been added and the roles assigned to them. I also have a third party product that has reports in SSRS and I know they will not deploy with any SQL express edition. I hope after the upgrade that it really will appear to everything that it is SQL Stadnard.
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The instance name will remain the same -  in your case SVRNAME\SQLEXPRESS.
But that it is just a name and has nothing to do about SQL edition. You could choose anything for it. I really hope that your application does not check sql edition by instance name...
With upgrade you will just get rid of SQL express limitations like 10GB DB size, 1GB memory, 1 CPU,...

On the other hand it is better that the instance name remains the same, so you will not need to change sql server instance name in your application.
If you want to have different instance name, then I guess your best option is to install sql std. server and create a new instance and transfer everything there.
This link can help you:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/918992

You can also have multiple sql editions installed on the same server.
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I am just hoping I can deploy the SSRS Reports after the upgrade. The software is from Microsoft and you know how picky that can be. Unfortunately it is not a virtual server so I have one chance to get it right.
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Be sure that you have a valid backup.
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I think i will treat this as a server move. I will capture all the logins, backup and then detach the databases, re-install the application to the new instance of SQL so it can set up its own security within SQL and then attach the database to the new MSSQLSERVER instance.
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Thank you
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