Migrating SQL 2008 to SQL 2016 RRS feed

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  • Can the license of SQL 2008 be used in SQL 2016 after migration?
    Wednesday, October 23, 2019 12:19 PM

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  • Hello Friend,

    Unfortunately not. You could have a license from Sql 2016 and downgrade to Sql 2008.

    If this answer has helped you, mark it helpful so that someone else with a question or similar problem can find an answer or help more easily. Jefferson Clyton Pereira da Silva - [MCSA | MCP | MCTS | MTA | Database Analyst - Sql Server and Oracle]
    Wednesday, October 23, 2019 12:30 PM
  • Can the license of SQL 2008 be used in SQL 2016 after migration?
    NO simply because in SQL Server 2008 licensing was not core based and SQL Server 2016 uses core bases as one of the licensing way or simply put licensing was quite different in 2008 times as compared to current 2016/2017 . Please take my answer with pinch of salt as I am no MS licensing expert and you should call local licensing expert to verify it



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    Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:02 PM
  • Hi Gladson Bayer,

    I’m afraid you cannot use the license of SQL Server 2008 in SQL Server 2016. Only SQL Server 2012 software licenses covered by Software Assurance will be automatically upgraded to the appropriate SQL Server 2016 version of the license. Please refer to SQL Server 2016 Licensing Guidefor more details.

    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/worldwideto find contact information in your locations. 

    For Volume Licensing Service, please refer to  https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/servicecenter/Help/Contact.aspx.

    Hope this could help you.

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    Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:04 AM