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  • Question

  • Hi Team,

    I'm testing my system using an Evaluation copy of SQL server 2012 that is about to expire.

    How can i extend the evaluation period?

    You advise would be appreciated.

    Regards,

    Patrick

    Monday, March 21, 2016 11:43 AM

Answers

  • You cannot extend your evaluation edition. You need to get a license. You can opt for developer edition which is cheap.

    Or move to SQL Express which is free..

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/971268

    You can also try this..

    backup everything, uninstall SQL, Install eval edition again and restore everything. You will get another 6 months. 


    Regards, Ashwin Menon My Blog - http:\\sqllearnings.com

    Monday, March 21, 2016 12:23 PM
    Answerer

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  • Hi Team,

    I'm testing my system using and Evaluation copy of SQL server 2012 that is about to expire.

    How can i extend the evaluation period?

    You advise would be appreciated.

    Regards,

    Patrick

    Monday, March 21, 2016 11:42 AM
  • You cannot extend your evaluation edition. You need to get a license. You can opt for developer edition which is cheap.

    Or move to SQL Express which is free..

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/971268

    You can also try this..

    backup everything, uninstall SQL, Install eval edition again and restore everything. You will get another 6 months. 


    Regards, Ashwin Menon My Blog - http:\\sqllearnings.com

    Monday, March 21, 2016 12:23 PM
    Answerer
  • This is a duplicate of 

    https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/sqlserver/en-US/9bad6616-7060-4bc2-9106-e53969c23042/extending-sql-server-2012-evaluation-license?forum=sqlgetstarted


    Regards, Ashwin Menon My Blog - http:\\sqllearnings.com

    Monday, March 21, 2016 12:23 PM
    Answerer
  • You can try  this in order to see the number of days:

    DECLARE @daysleft int
    DECLARE @instancename sysname
    SELECT @instancename = CONVERT(sysname, SERVERPROPERTY('InstanceName'))
    EXEC @daysleft = xp_qv '2715127595', @instancename
    SELECT @daysleft 'Number of days left'

    Monday, March 21, 2016 1:27 PM
  • Hello,

    You can try to move back the system clock a few days back.

    You can also try to install a second instance and perform a side-by-side upgrade of databases.

    Hope this helps.

    Regards,

    Alberto Morillo
    SQLCoffee.com

    Monday, March 21, 2016 1:36 PM
  • Just to add the option suggested of moving system clocks back will work and bring database online but I would not suggest you to make DB operational by changing date you would end up corrupting your data if you are using timestamp column the job schedule will go for toss and many other issues

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    Monday, March 21, 2016 3:53 PM