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Upgrading an expired SQL Server 2016 Evaluation Edition

It's happened to almost everyone. Someone installs Evaluation Edition and now you need to upgrade it to a licensed copy using "Edition Upgrade" in the SQL Server installer. Microsoft would have you think this is easy even if the copy has expired but the truth is far more difficult.

Cody Konior

Recognised expert in SQL Server database administration and patching, PowerShell automation and operational validation, SQL Server Reporting Services and SQL Server Master Data Services, with 10 years of experience. I focus on building elegant and scalable solutions to tough operational problems, and engage daily with SQL Server and PowerShell communities.

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