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Posted Wednesday, May 7, 2014 2:11 AM
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Hi All,

can we use the system databases of a enterprise edition 2008 into a standard edition of sql 2008, as we are about to downgrade our test server from enterprise edition to sql standard edition due to issues in licensing.

Thanks in advance!!

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No. You won't be able to do that. Some of the functionality of Enterprise is in those system tables. You'll have to migrate security or SQL Agent jobs using export & import scripts.

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Since it is a test server, can't you use developer edition? Then you can keep your system databases.



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does the SQL developer edition supports clustering??
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Ashif Shaikh (5/7/2014)
does the SQL developer edition supports clustering??


It supports every feature of enterprise edition. (with the very minimal exception of only 1 client for the distributed replay controller)

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I guess my question is why do you have to down-grade if this is a Test box?

My understanding is that you licence Production Servers and as part of your systems Development/Testing you are likely to have other Servers for, say, System Test, Integration Test, Stress Test, User Acceptance Test, etc., as part of your Change Management for applying changes (including SQL Server Service Pack testing) to Production - your environment may be different depending on the estate size, maturity, processes of your environment.

With this, for some areas of testing you should have installed the same SQL Server Type and Edition, except when pushing through and testing an imminent change to be promoted to Production, and in which case you are allowed the Test environment as part of the Production Licence as long as the Test Server is never used for production purposes, including reporting, etc.

Anyone, please correct me if I'm wrong as I haven't looked at licencing recently for changes...and we all know MS love moving the goal-posts


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I've since found the following...

sqlservercentral - licensing-sql-server-devtest-environments

...and...

directionsonmicrosoft.com - licensing-sql-server-development-and-test

...and all I can say is YUCK! MS you SUCK!

If I have a SQL2008 R2 Standard Ed, clustered, in Production, then I want the same setup in at least one of the Test environments to mimic Production as close as possible to test on - I don't want Developer ed as this is 'different enough' for me to be wary of pushing something like a SQL Service Pack/Patch, for example, into this Test environment (into a Developer ed of SQL Server) before going to Production, which is Standard ed.
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