Installing MS SQL 2008 std on WIndows 2008 std R2


  • I have a MS SQL Sever 2008 std running on a Windows 2008 server. I am in the process of migrating it onto a new Windows 2008 std R2 server using the existing license. But I couldn't install SQL 2008 std because it kept giving me a compatibility issue error.

    What is the steps I should take to make this work? We do not want to purchase another  SQL 2008 R2 license. One Vol license specialist from MS suggested to downgrade the OS on the new server from Windows 2008 R2 to Windows 2008.

    Thank you!

    T. Belay

    Thursday, July 25, 2013 6:26 PM


  • Hi Belay

    Version Upgrade

    Move from previous version (e.g. SQL Server 2008) to current version (e.g. SQL Server 2008 R2)

    If your existing SQL Server License is covered by Software Assurance (SA), you are automatically licensed to upgrade to the corresponding SQL Server 2008 R2 edition.

    If your existing SQL Server License is not covered by SA, you must purchase a new full license for the SQL Server 2008 R2 edition you want.

    Thursday, July 25, 2013 6:32 PM

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