Can I change SQL 2022 license from Evaluation to PAYG Standard without a license key

Dawood Essop 0 Reputation points
2023-05-20T09:19:04.1066667+00:00

Can I change SQL 2022 license from Evaluation to PAYG Standard without a license key

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  1. Konstantinos Passadis 17,456 Reputation points MVP
    2023-05-20T09:25:50.85+00:00

    Hello @Dawood Essop !

    Welcome to Microsoft QnA!

    I see you want to change editions from Evaluation to PAYG

    You can check here

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-sql/virtual-machines/windows/licensing-model-azure-hybrid-benefit-ahb-change?view=azuresql&tabs=azure-portal

    As we can read :

    The edition of SQL Server is determined by the product key, and is specified during the installation process using the installation media. The edition dictates what features are available in the SQL Server product. You can change the SQL Server edition with the installation media and either downgrade to reduce cost or upgrade to enable more features.

    Once the edition of SQL Server has been changed internally to the SQL Server VM, you must then update the edition property of SQL Server in the Azure portal for billing purposes.

    So i don't think you can directly do that

    However you may export or backup your DBs and move them to new SQL Edition

    I hope this helps!

    Kindly mark the answer as Accepted and Upvote in case it helped!

    Regards

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  2. Olaf Helper 43,161 Reputation points
    2023-05-22T06:34:35.9966667+00:00

    without a license key

    Without a product key it is impossible to do a Edition Upgrade Evaluation => Standard/Enterprise,

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