SQL Cluster upgrade from trial to licensed server RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi all,

    I wanted to know if there is a quick way to upgrade our  trial SQL2016 cluster to a licensed SQL 2016 cluster without rebuilding the whole server.

    Our consultant forgot to mention that he needed to upgrade the trial to a licensed model. And now we are working in Production with the trial. Rebuilding the SQL cluster looks like the only solution, but we hope there is a better way.

    I thought it would be possible to remove the cluster connections so you have a stand alone sql server and then upgrade the both servers and make the Clustering complete again. But is that possible with the cluster modules installed on it?

    hope some one can help us quickly

    Thursday, October 17, 2019 7:26 AM

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  • See SQL Server 2016 (13.x) Edition Upgrade: Upgrading from Evaluation (a free edition) to any of the paid editions is supported for stand-alone installations, but is not supported for clustered installations

    Inplace upgrade is not supported for cluster, you have to rebuild the Cluster.

    Olaf Helper

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    Thursday, October 17, 2019 8:00 AM
  • As you see , I already thought it is the only way. 

    but hoped for a work around :). @Olaf Helper, thanks for the answer
    Thursday, October 17, 2019 8:17 AM
  • Hi PeterD84,


    Unfortunately, this seems to be the only way. You would have to create whole new instance inside failover cluster and then remove evaluation version. Remember that the evalution edition cannot be used in a production environment.


    Best regards,

    Dedmon Dai

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    Friday, October 18, 2019 2:09 AM