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How Long Before You Upgrade?

This editorial was originally published on Apr 11, 2014. It is being re-published as Steve is out of town, with a few minor changes to dates and values. It’s 2017. SQL Server 2000 is 17 years old, but there are … Continue reading

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The Migration Checklist

One of the things I always recommend is that when you upgrade a SQL Server instance, you perform a side by side migration to a new host instead of an in-place upgrade. My main concern is risk. While the upgrade … Continue reading

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What’s Your Test Plan?

I ran across a post on upgrading a SQL Server instance, where the original poster (OP) was asking about a document to upgrade from SQL Server 2008 to 2014. That’s a big ask, especially as not many documents tend to … Continue reading

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The Push to Upgrade from SQL Server 2005

It was interesting to see the results of my straw poll last week on SQL Server 2005. Quite a few people still run that version, and some aren’t looking to upgrade anytime soon. However when support ends, you should be aware that … Continue reading

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Who’s Got a Preteen SQL Server?

This year we will have the end of extended support for SQL Server 2005. Microsoft has been reminding people they should upgrade, which may be important if your organization requires support for the running software. Personally I think if you’re still … Continue reading

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The Case for Upgrading

I heard from a member of the community that’s still on SQL Server 2005 recently. Yes, 2005. That’s an old, unsupported version, but they’ve got some Access/VBA apps that work well and aren’t worth investing a lot of development effort … Continue reading

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vNext 2016

We have a name for the next version of SQL Server: SQL Server 2016. I suspect the internal build may be v14, which I guess makes sense if you’re superstitious about the number 13, or you think your customers are. There are plenty … Continue reading

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Is It Time to Upgrade?

There was a post from the SQL Server Data Platform Advisor the other day that noted it’s been almost 10 years since SQL Server 2005 was released and it’s time to upgrade. At least, if you want to remain in support. Microsoft … Continue reading

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No Compelling Reason

When I’m talking to people working with SQL Server, many of them are quite pleased with the platform. It solves their issues and problems. While they always wants changes and improvements, not to mention bug fixes, overall most people seem … Continue reading

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