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upgrade to 2005 or 2008?


upgrade to 2005 or 2008?

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george sibbald
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Question: whether to upgrade SQL 2000 to 2005 or go straight to 2008?

About a year or so ago Steve was advocating making the jump direct to 2008, http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/Administration/3094/ whilst around the same time MS were leaning towards going to 2005 first, then 2008. I was wondering, now that 2008 is out, what would you do?

To come clean, I ask because it is a decision I have to make, and I am interested in the opinion of the forum. My environment is about 90% SQL2000, 10% 2005, spread across 70 odd servers and about a 1000 databases. The main complicating factor is the use of consolidated servers supporting multiple apps.

Its early days yet and I realise an in-depth analysis will need to be done on compatibility issues with the numerous applications but the thought of being able to go straight to 2008 and then not worry about an upgrade for 5 years or more is quite tempting. Off the top of my head a possibility is leave the existing 2005 servers where they are and just upgrade the 2000 servers to 2008, to spread the load and risk a bit.

Your thoughts, intentions?

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george sibbald (1/3/2009)
Off the top of my head a possibility is leave the existing 2005 servers where they are and just upgrade the 2000 servers to 2008, to spread the load and risk a bit.


That's what I'd do in your place. Then when the next major version's released, you can upgrade the 2005 servers to that.


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thanks for the input Gail.

I feel the need to 'bump' this thread as maybe it was missed having being raised at the weekend.

Anyone out there using SQL 2008 and want to share their views on it. Note I will be using standard edition so the big new features (e.g. compression) won't be available to me.

cheers

george

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I would try to install 2008 on all server, so that development-, test- and production-environments have same platform.


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