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is there any experience/suggestion you can give in upgrading the sql version for database, any key areas to focus in testing etc.

thanks.
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Well many things will depend on the method and proces you will use to upgrade however one thing is for sure in my opinion you must start with SQL Server 2016 Upgrade Advisor on existing 2008 as detailed here: https://www.mssqltips.com/sqlservertip/3688/prepare-for-an-upgrade-with-the-sql-server-2016-upgrade-advisor/

And read more useful details about "SQL Server 2016 Upgrade Planning" here:

http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/sql-server-2016-upgrade-planning-0


DUA (or database upgrade advisor) though as mentioned first will provide most useful info in my opinion.

As far as testing goes after all potential DUA revealed issues are cleared, ideally you'll have a replica 2016 database server available for testing.
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thanks.. this was same process as in 2012/2014?
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It would greatly help if you can give us more details then a one-line question.  What are you running?  SSIS packages, replication, Master Data Services, Data Quality Services, how much downtime can you have for this upgrade, will your employer pay extra for a parallel deployment, ???
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Take a look at this link http://www.sqlmvp.org/upgrade-to-sql-server-2016/ it will show you the prerequisites before upgrade to SQL Server 2016 and steps to upgrade
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this was same process as in 2012/2014?
Is the same process for any SQL Server version. Only if you want to migrate from more than 3 versions of difference (for example, from MSSQL 2000 to 2012) then you'll need a middle step that is migrate to a middle version (2005 or 2008) and then from this middle version to the final one.
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