I have been using a SQL Server 2012 Standard on an Azure VM for about a year. Our company has grown and we now need the features in the Enterprise version. I'm wondering if anybody knows about the upgrade path and how billing works. We do have an enterprise agreement with Microsoft.
The plan now is to build a 2014 Enterprise server, move all of the old server to the new. What I really want to do is simply push an "upgrade" button. I realize advantages of a fresh start but we're on a time constraint. I would have the flexibility to give the server a fresh start in the near future. Upgrading the version would be best at the moment.
Azure charges differently between the Standard and Enterprise licenses. We don't own our license. We rent the license hourly through Azure.
The current SQL Server is on Server 2012 R2. The plan would be to use the same for SQL 2014.
Does anybody have any suggestions or advice that can make this migration easier and more importantly, faster?