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How do I activate an 2012 SQL server that expired in trial mode

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I recently shut down my server due to a pending Snow Blizzard. I turned the server back on to discover the SQL server is unable to start.

Event Viewer Log:

Event ID: 17051
SQL SErver Evaluation period expired

Event ID: 1058
Installation of the proof of purchase from the ACPI table failed. Error Code: 0xC004F057

I researched the web. It appears that all I have to do is reinsert the 2012 SQL DVD and opt for Maintenance - Edition Upgrade to enter the license code.

I am concerned of my 2 business databases. I don't won't to cause corruption or loss of data.

Is that it? Just attempt an upgrade?

Do I need to know any safety tips prior to proceeding?
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Vitor Montalvão earned 500 total points
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Backup the databases before so if something goes wrong you can restore them.
For the rest, yes, is just that. A simple license upgrade and that's all.
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I am unable to access the SQL Server Management Studio, in order to perform a backup of the residing databases. I did do a straight backup of the database folder.

Interesting note:

I went on site, expecting that both instances of SQL were down.  To my surprise, one of the instances was up and running. It seems my first instances is the only one that is unable to execute. I am confused. I assume that if SQL was halted due to a Trial expiration, I would be unable to utilize any DB within SQL. Plus, again, I am unable to access the SQL Server Management Studio.
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by:Vitor Montalvão
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If the SQL Server service is stopped then you can copy the database files. Don't forget to copy the .mdf and .ldf files.

SQL Server Management Studio should runs always since it's a free tool and you can use it to connect to any SQL Server instance in your network, not only the local instance.
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by:GeeMoon
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I performed the upgrade. It stalled during the upgrade process, got me nervous. It appeared to be doing nothing, then if finally went through successfully. I executed the SQL service, for the instance, in services - successful. I was able to access all the IE pages via the web interface.

I am now, also, able to access the 'SQL Server Management Studio'. Vitor, your logic was sound on the Management piece. I agree, it should not be locked to a specific instance. It should be able to access any DB. Welcome to our world.....LOL

Thank you for all your help and speedy attention Vitor
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by:Vitor Montalvão
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Glad I could help.
Cheers
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