Need to change to SQL Server 2017 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi everyone,

    We are a little company with 10 computer stations connected to one server and use SQL server 2008 - version 10.50.1600.1 not clustered. We want to add one more station and we have been told that we need to upgrade to SQL Standard 2017. They charge us a lot of money for that.

    My questions are:

    - Do we need to upgrade because of the add of one more station? and do we have to pay for 11 licences ?

    - For upgrade is it logical that the price is for a new licence?

    I don't understand much in all these problems so I'll be glad to get some advices from experts

    Thank you in advance all


    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 3:40 PM

All replies

  • This forum is not for providing answers to licensing questions. You need to contact your local Microsoft licensing.

    However, you cannot purchase additional licenses for SQL 2008 (which is no longer supported today). You will need to purchase licenses for SQL 2017 which will apply to your downlevel versions. You will need to contact Microsoft licensing to help you to make the best decision for you.

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 5:24 PM
  • In addition to other posts, to upgrade your current server to SQL 2017, you need to install SQL 2008 R2 SP3. Which you should install anyway, even if you do not upgrade. You are currently running the RTM version which is really out of date.

    SP3 is a free install.

    Erland Sommarskog, SQL Server MVP,

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 9:42 PM
  • Hi Sylvie,

    It seems that version 10.50.1600.1 of SQL Server is SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM, which is not supported. For more details, please refer to Using SQL Server in Windows 8 and later versions of Windows operating system.

    As Erland Sommarskog mentioned, you could upgrade from SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 to SQL Server 2017 standard. For more details, please refer to

    For license, I suggest that you can speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist. For detailed information about the license issue, please call 1-800-426-9400, Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. (Pacific Time). For international customers, please use the to find contact information in your locations.

    Hope this could help you.

    Best Regards,

    Amelia Gu

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    Thursday, October 17, 2019 2:01 AM