Moving an SQL 2000 32-bit DB to a SQL 2012 64-bit environment

I am rebuilding my clients small business computer environment.

I have an existing Windows Small Business Server 2000 running  SQL 32-bit (included in the bundle of SBS).

I hired a software developer (in the past) to create a data base for my client to utilize as their main business application. It has been working fine for years. I no longer have contact with this software developer.

I am now faced with the job of moving this 32-bit SQL database to my new Windows Server 2012 64-bit environment - running the new 2012 SQL standard.

Is this possible? Can I do this?
Are there any potentials issues I should be made aware of?

Thank you for any suggestions
GeeMoonAsked:
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David Johnson, CD, MVPConnect With a Mentor OwnerCommented:
It will be a one way move (keep a backup).. all you should have to do is attach the .mdf/.ldf files and add the proper roles to the new server.. The files will be updated to the latest version of sql server..

Are both databases using the same Collation?
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GeeMoonAuthor Commented:
I do not plan to change any aspect of the original DB.

I haven't installed the new SQL 2012 on the Windows 2012 server. I plan on following all the defaults during the install. I am certainly not in a position to start messing with collation.

So, I should be OK going from this old 32-bit world to the new 64-bit environment? It doesn't have to be rewritten?

When you say 'proper roles' you mean w/in the Win Server 2012 - like DNS, File/Print Sharing, AD, etc. Correct?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
no it doesn't have to be rewritten.  Proper Roles.. are you using sql authentication or windows authentication? either way you need to give those users logon permissions and also the appropriate sql permission.
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GeeMoonAuthor Commented:
I am already happy to hear that I can transfer the old DB over. Thank you

I believe that it is currently set up for windows authentication.

I took a look in 'SQL Server Enterprise manager' under Security - Logins. It appears there is only an 'Admin' and 'SA' account. I think the previous consultant set everything to go through the SA account.

By the way, there are only 5 users tapping into this DB.

I imagine, after establishing the AD windows log ins, I need to go into the 'Enterprise manger' to further setup SQL permission for each user, correct?

Again, just happy to know I don't have to reinvent the wheel here!!!

Thanks for your valuable advice
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Anthony PerkinsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
So, I should be OK going from this old 32-bit world to the new 64-bit environment? It doesn't have to be rewritten?
You may well have to make changes, but the SQL Upgrade Advisor, should warn you about those.
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GeeMoonAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your help!!!
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