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  • I have a software application which in order to operate correctly, requires SQL 2005 Standard Edition to be installed on the same laptop.  A later edition of SQL is not acceptable as this will not enable full functionality of my software application.  I am aware that the 2005 version is no longer available, but a license can be purchased for a later version which will enable earlier versions to be legally used.  Can you please advise how I can get hold of such a license?
    Monday, December 2, 2019 3:46 PM

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    Monday, December 2, 2019 6:11 PM
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  • You would do best to contact your local Microsoft representative. I think.

    Erland Sommarskog, SQL Server MVP, esquel@sommarskog.se

    Monday, December 2, 2019 10:57 PM
  •  A later edition of SQL is not acceptable as this will not enable full functionality of my software application.  

    I would be looking for alternative software solutions. Requiring unavailable secondary software tells me that this vendor does not have a viable upgrade path. This is how users get locked into solutions like Windows XP that ultimately leaves them vulnerable because you can't upgrade and you can't stay put due to security vulnerabilities or lack of support from the secondary vendor.

    Just my opinion...    

    Tuesday, December 3, 2019 1:51 AM
  • Hi rob henderson,

    I’m afraid you cannot apply license key from a later version of SQL Server to an earlier version. And SQL Server 2005 is out of support for many years, you will encounter many security issues in future.

    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) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist. For international customers, please use the https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/worldwide to find contact information in your locations. For Volume Licensing Service Support, please refer to https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/servicecenter/Help/Contact.aspx where you can choose region/language and choose to call or have web.

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    Amelia Gu


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    Tuesday, December 3, 2019 2:22 AM
  • A later edition of SQL is not acceptable as this will not enable full functionality of my software application. 
    That sounds like a bad application design.

    Olaf Helper

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    Tuesday, December 3, 2019 9:27 AM