SQL 2014 Enterprise Evaluation -to- Standard on a Cluster


I have a 2-node SQL2014 DB cluster (on Win2012 R2). The cluster is using Enterprise Evaluation edition and I want to upgrade it to a fully-licensed Standard edition. I get an error that this cannot happen on a cluster. Is there a workaround? I can think of two ideas (and I am open to anything else):
1. License to Enterprise, then downgrade the Enterprise to Standard. Can this happen on a cluster?
2. Break the cluster, license the active node to Standard, then add a second node.

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EugeneZ ZhitomirskySQL SERVER EXPERTCommented:
you can not downgrade without  uninstall (including using Remove Failover Cluster Node to "Break the cluster')

Make sure to backup Databases first
uninstall sql 2014  Enterprise Evaluation edition
install Standard.

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criskritAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the reply. Can I:
- uninstall SQL2014 Enterprise Eval from the second (standby) node
- install SQL2014 Standard on the second node
- fail over the cluster
- repeat on the other node

Or do I have to bring the DB down? (complete uninstall of both nodes).
Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
How are you trying to license the SQL Server instances?
Acronis True Image 2019 just released!

Create a reliable backup. Make sure you always have dependable copies of your data so you can restore your entire system or individual files.

EugeneZ ZhitomirskySQL SERVER EXPERTCommented:
check/try  this one:

Upgrading from SQL Server 2012 Evaluation Edition
criskritAuthor Commented:
Hello Eugene, thanks for the link, those are exactly the instructions I am trying to follow but I cannot go from Enterprise Eval to Standard in a Cluster. The only solution is to reinstall. The question now is whether I can reinstall one node at a time without bringing the whole cluster  down. Thanks.
EugeneZ ZhitomirskySQL SERVER EXPERTCommented:
you need  to backup DBs and redo/reinstall sql cluster
criskritAuthor Commented:
Can I install the new cluster "in parallel" to the current one so that I am using the same Hard Disks? Or do I have to provision new storage? Per best practices I have separate data, log, and temp disks for the current cluster.
EugeneZ ZhitomirskySQL SERVER EXPERTCommented:
yes, need new storage and  extra server resources
Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
You can't share the same disk resources from the other MSSQL instance. You'll need to uninstall first the existing instance and then proceed with the installation for the new MSSQL. Then you'll be able to re use the network name, virtual IP and disks for the new MSSQL instance.
After install you'll just need to attach the databases. Don't forget to recreate the logins.
criskritAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the help, I will go ahead and do an uninstall/reinstall.
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