SQL Express 2005 upgrade on SBS 2008 with WSUS

Hello :) advice needed and appreciated !

3rd party application has outgrown the 4Gb database limit - small network 8 users. The app utilises SQL express - currently 2005 x86 version

Plan to upgrade to SQL express 2008 R2 and IDEALLY - in place upgrade

However this will also upgrade the SBS SQL which runs WSUS [ we do not use WSUS and ideally would want to get rid off it all together - not sure how to safely do that without breaking the SBS ]

SBS is really used as file and print server with SQL function for the 3rd party database

Really keen on in place upgrade and will I mess things up ?

Is there any point to move to 64bit and would inplace support upgrade from 32bit to 64bit ?

Any relevant info and what to avoid appreciated !

If inplace does not work then I have all the clients to connect to the server all over again

OR would installing another instance of SQL Express 2008 R2 make sense ? but then surely consuming more resources ?

Have ordered 24Gb of 1600Mhz DDR3 RAM just in case - at present the 8Gb is peaking all the time, SQL eating 3Gb on average at present.

THANK YOU ! need answer by tomorrow 13:00GMT
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Jason CrawfordTransport NinjaCommented:
You can't upgrade the 32-bit version to 64-bit,  but it will install in the 32-bit subsystem of a 64-bit server:


Don't try to remove WSUS.  Just pretend you don't see it.

Just backup your 2005 database, install a separate 2008 R2 instance, and restore the database to the new instance, no?

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grimpexAuthor Commented:
Thanks !

I think this may just be the way - however I do need to do something about WSUS database - eating up 40Gb in space.
Cris HannaSr IT Support EngineerCommented:
Have you run the WSUS clean up utility?   That will help reduce the WSUS database size
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Peter HutchisonSenior Network Systems SpecialistCommented:
You can turn off the downloads from Microsoftand remove any Group Policies that use WSUS to stop if from collecting information from user PCs.
grimpexAuthor Commented:
so far moved WSUS database and store to another volume

decided to install 2012 SP1

next to restore from backup - hope this will go well

then reconnect clients via ODBC on windows 7
Jason CrawfordTransport NinjaCommented:
Via con Dios amigo.
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