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Need to enter new license key for SQL Server 2008. Where though?

    Question

  • I have searched high and low and cannot for the life of me find where to convert my trial of SQL Server 2008 with a new key. Please help!

    -Brent
    Friday, September 04, 2009 10:47 PM

Answers

  • There is no place to enter the key to convert the trial version to the fully licensed version, you can upgrade in the following two scenarios:

    1)   Upgrading from trial Edition prior to the end of the period

    To perform an in-place upgrade of SQL 2008 trial edition to other SQL Server 2008 full blown editions, simply run the setup and it will identify the existing installation, and will run an upgrade check. It will then let you know if the upgrade is possible or not. If the upgrade path is supported, simply go through the setup wizard and it will automatically upgrade the already installed instance of trial edition.

    2)   Upgrade from trial Edition 2008 after it has expired

    You need to uninstall the trial version of SQL Server 2008 Edition before installing the fully licensed version of the other editions.

     


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    Tuesday, September 08, 2009 8:43 AM

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  • There is no place to enter the key to convert the trial version to the fully licensed version, you can upgrade in the following two scenarios:

    1)   Upgrading from trial Edition prior to the end of the period

    To perform an in-place upgrade of SQL 2008 trial edition to other SQL Server 2008 full blown editions, simply run the setup and it will identify the existing installation, and will run an upgrade check. It will then let you know if the upgrade is possible or not. If the upgrade path is supported, simply go through the setup wizard and it will automatically upgrade the already installed instance of trial edition.

    2)   Upgrade from trial Edition 2008 after it has expired

    You need to uninstall the trial version of SQL Server 2008 Edition before installing the fully licensed version of the other editions.

     


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help.
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    Tuesday, September 08, 2009 8:43 AM
  • How to Enter License Key for SQL Server 2008 After Setup (How to Upgrade Trial or Evaluation Edition to Licensed Version)

    Step 1: Run the SQL Server setup.exe again.

    Step 2: In the SQL Server Installation Center, click "Maintenance" on the left navigation bar. On the right pane, click Edition Upgrade.

    Step 3: Go through the wizard and you'll be able to enter the license key.

    Verified by upgrading a SQL Server 2008 Instance from Enterprise Evaluation to Enterprise

    Saturday, October 02, 2010 10:31 PM