How to purchase SQL Server 2008 R2 product key

Shadakshari Soppimath 20 Reputation points


I need your help regarding one of my scenarios –

In my current project we are using SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition and Analysis Server (version: 9.00.5266.00). It is running on Windows Server 2008 R2.

I have got new DEV team in different location, and I would like to replicate developer environment.

Unfortunately, cannot upgrade or change the SQL versions.

I want to know how to purchase license(s) and product keys for SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition and Analysis Server (version: 9.00.5266.00) and configure developer environment?

I want to evaluate having SQL Server 2008 R2 for –

  • On-prem
  • On Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
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  1. Seeya Xi-MSFT 16,451 Reputation points

    Hi @Shadakshari Soppimath ,

    The version of SQL Server 2008 is so old that it is not supported. You can upgrade it to the latest version SQL Server 2022. you can't do this directly, you need to upgrade to an intermediate version. You can refer to this document:

    You also need to consider whether the operating system is compatible. If it is not compatible, you will also need to upgrade your operating system.

    Alternatively, you can try restoring the backup file of the SQL Server 2008 database to an instance of SQL Server 2022 in your test environment.

    For detailed information about the license issue, you can 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. Or you can go to Volume Licensing Service Center support. Please choose region/language and choose to call or have web.

    Best regards,


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  1. Bjoern Peters 8,856 Reputation points

    Hi Shadakshari,

    Welcome to Q&A Forum; this is a great place to get support, answers, and tips.

    Thank you for posting your question; I'll be more than glad to help you out.

    I would not recommend using this environment... it is highly recommended to upgrade the whole application to a newer SQL Server version!!

    I don't know where to buy those very old licenses. Therefore I would suggest that you have to get in contact with a Microsoft official.

    For questions regarding pricing/licensing, please get in touch with a Microsoft sales partner or licensing expert.

    Call (1-800-426-9400), Monday through Friday, 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM PST, to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist.

    I hope my answer is helpful to you,


    Bjoern Peters

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  2. Erland Sommarskog 102.3K Reputation points

    It can be difficult to get the installation media and licenses for such old versions. The only legal way I know is to have an MSDN subscription, since from MSDN you can download all old versions from SQL 2000 and up (and also SQL 6.5.)

    If the current environment is running on a VM, you could clone that VM and then reconfigure to use as a dev server. That would not really be permitted by the license, but maybe no one cares with those old versions.

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