davery 28734 (1/28/2013)
I have a windows 2003 server running sql 2005 with a developer license installed. It's now in production. I have purchased the production license, but my dba is telling me SQL 2005 must be reinstalled for it to be legal.
Is there a way to just change the license?
You can absolutely upgrade a SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition install to any of these without re-rinstalling everything:
SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition
SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition
SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition
In the installer there is a separate option to upgrade the Edition of an existing instance.Version and Edition Upgrades (SQL Server 2005)
Now, if you want to upgrade your 2005 Developer instance to 2008 or 2012 then you have to do 2 upgrades, one to 2008 or 2012 Developer Edition and then another to get to 2008 or 2012 Standard or Enterprise Edition respectively.
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