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Bought SQL Server Developer 2012 6 months ago. Now asking me to upgrade my Evaluation Version.

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  • I just tried to start my SQL Server 2012 and got this message:

    I paid for this software (got it on Amazon) about 6 months ago.  Is there some setting that I can check?  Is there something that I need to enable, or disable?

    Thanks everyone.


    Knowledge is the only thing that I can give you, and still retain, and we are both better off for it.

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013 11:06 PM

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  • Developer Edition doesn't expire.  You must have installed Enterprise Evaluation Edition.

    Upgrade from Enterprise Evaluation 2012 to Developer Edition is supported.

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms143393.aspx

    So you should be able to perform an edition upgrade using the Developer Edition media.

    David


    David http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dbrowne/

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013 11:10 PM
  • Exactly!!  It should NOT expire.  Now I can't even start it up.  What do I do to start it, and make sure it is in running with full Developer credentials?

    Knowledge is the only thing that I can give you, and still retain, and we are both better off for it.

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013 11:20 PM
  • Start the install from the Developer Edition media and choose Upgrade or install a new instance of SQL Server Developer Edition and move your databases.

    You can verify what edition you have installed by looking in the logs from old startups.

    Look at the ERRORLOG files in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\Log 

    (or whatever your instance name is).

    You should see:

    2013-07-15 09:24:30.60 Server      Microsoft SQL Server 2012 - 11.0.2218.0 (X64) 
    	Jun 12 2012 13:05:25 
    	Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation
    	Developer Edition (64-bit) on Windows NT 6.2 <X64> (Build 9200: )
    For Developer Edition

    David


    David http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dbrowne/


    Tuesday, July 16, 2013 11:36 PM
  • Sorry, there's a dsinconnect somewhere.  I popped my DVD into the drive and the SQL Server Installation Center started up.  Now, I see this:

    'Upgrade from SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, or SQL Server 2008 R2'.  I don't see anything about upgrading from the Evaluation Version.  Although I did enter my Product Key, and that's how I got to this menu.  Anyway, it seems like I should be able to upgrade from the Evaluation Version, but I don't see this kind of option.  I guess I can install a new version (Developer Version), but I recall doing this a long time ago, and I had some issues with doing a 2nd install.  So, can someone please talk me through this, step by step.

    Ohhh, I wish I just installed this the right way the first time.  Also...I'm surprised I didn't get any warnings, like 30-days left untile the Evaluation period ends, 10-days, etc.  I got no warnings whatsoever.


    Knowledge is the only thing that I can give you, and still retain, and we are both better off for it.

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:32 AM
  • Oh, this is so weird.  I thought it was this 

    Maintenance > Edition Upgrade

    But then I get this screen:

    So, I can't choose anything other than the Evaluation Version, and this is the DEVELOPER EDITION.  I don't get it!!


    Knowledge is the only thing that I can give you, and still retain, and we are both better off for it.

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:59 AM
  • That's asking what instance you want to upgrade.

    So choose the mssqlserver instance and proceed with the upgrade.

    David


    David http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dbrowne/

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013 2:30 AM
  • Thanks, but I guess I didn't describe the issue well enough in my last post.  I tried that.  First, I got this:

    Then I hit 'Upgrade', and I get this:

    End of the line.  I can't do an upgrade, I can't install a new version, I literally can;t do anything.  This is pretty screwed up.  That's what I hate abotu SQL Server.  If you get a clean install, you're all set.  If there's one tine error somewhere, you'll spend tremendous amounts of time trying to resolving everything.  Eventually, you'll probably have to uninstall every piece of software, and reinstall everything, simply beacuse the program gets totally confused to the point where it eventually doesn't allow you to do anything.

    Ugh.


    Knowledge is the only thing that I can give you, and still retain, and we are both better off for it.

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013 3:22 AM
  • Can you install a new instance?  Can you uninstall the Evaluation Edition Instance?

    David


    David http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dbrowne/

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013 2:40 PM
  • I followed the instructions here:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc707783.aspx

    Now it works!  Yeah!!

    I have to say, though, I had to reboot my laptop a couple of times before it worked properly.  I guess it was looking for some updates, or some such thing.  Anyway, I'm back in business.  Thanks everyone!!


    Knowledge is the only thing that I can give you, and still retain, and we are both better off for it.

    Thursday, July 18, 2013 2:14 AM