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  • We have SQL Server 2012 Standard License, Now we need to upgrade it to SQL Server 2017. Is it possible ??

    Monday, October 29, 2018 1:42 PM

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  • Yes, upgrade from SQL 2012 (Standard) to SQL 2017 (Standard or Enterprise) is supported as long as the SQL 2012 is SP2 or higher. 

    As for the license part, generally, if you have the software assurance covered, the upgrades may already be included, in which case, you shouldn't need to pay for the upgrade but if you don't have SA, then you would need to talk to a licensing specialist to explore your upgrade options. 

    I would advise that you do a side-by-side upgrade (and not in-place). That way, you would have the lower environment to fall back in case things don't work out in the higher environment. But then you may have to pay full licensing since you would be installing a new server altogether. Either way, check with a licensing expert on that part. 

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    Monday, October 29, 2018 5:42 PM
  • Hi,


    SQL Server 2017 (14.x) supports upgrade from SQL Server 2012 SP2 or later.


    SQL Server 2012 (11.x) SP2 Standard can upgrade to SQL Server 2017 (14.x) Enterprise and SQL Server 2017 (14.x) Standard.


    As for license question, I would suggest you asking licensing expert for professional help. 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 Guide to Worldwide Microsoft Licensing Sites to find contact information in your locations.


    For detailed information about Upgrading from Earlier Versions to SQL Server 2017.


    See: Upgrades from Earlier Versions to SQL Server 2017 (14.x)


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    Tuesday, October 30, 2018 1:08 AM