Trial period for SQL Server 2019 Evaluation ended, can I move the instance to express on the same server?

Justin Yandall 0 Reputation points
2024-07-02T22:15:05.7633333+00:00

Trial period for SQL Server 2019 Evaluation ended, can I move the instance to express on the same server? I'm using it for just a test environment, but don't want to lose the work done already.

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  1. ZoeHui-MSFT 35,071 Reputation points
    2024-07-03T01:34:18.9066667+00:00

    Hi @Justin Yandall,

    move the instance to express on the same server

    Do you mean that you want to upgrade the Evaluation to Express directly? If yes, you may try to use Edition upgrade to do that.

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    In addition, you need to consider limitations of Express edition, DB size is one.

    Regards,

    Zoe Hui


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  2. Olaf Helper 42,926 Reputation points
    2024-07-03T05:00:36.64+00:00

    Officially an Edition "Upgrade" Evaluation => Express is not supported, see

    See https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/database-engine/install-windows/supported-version-and-edition-upgrades-2022?view=sql-server-ver16

    Other way is uninstall Evaluation and reinstall Express.

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  3. Erland Sommarskog 106K Reputation points MVP
    2024-07-03T10:14:03.78+00:00

    Another alternative is move to Developer Edition instead. In this case, you will not face any obstacles with databases sizes etc. And this is a supported Edition Upgrade.

    Just beware that Developer Edition is not supported for production. But if it is true as you say that you are only testing, Developer Edition is fine.

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