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How to Fix Sql Server Evaluation Period Has Expired Error




If you are using Sql Server for development or testing purposes, you may have installed the evaluation edition, which is free for 180 days. However, after this period expires, you will encounter an error message that says "Sql Server evaluation period has expired". This error will prevent you from starting the Sql Server service or using Sql Server tools such as Sql Server Management Studio (SSMS) or Sql Profiler. In this article, we will show you how to fix this error and continue using Sql Server.


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Why does this error occur?




This error occurs because the evaluation edition of Sql Server is not a permanent license and has a limited duration. After 180 days, the license expires and you need to either purchase a paid edition of Sql Server or upgrade to a free edition such as Developer, Express, or Web. If you do not take any action, the Sql Server service will stop working and you will see the error message when you try to use any Sql Server tool.


How to fix this error?




There are two main ways to fix this error: upgrading or reinstalling Sql Server.


Upgrading Sql Server




If you want to keep your existing databases and settings, you can upgrade your evaluation edition of Sql Server to a different edition. However, not all editions are compatible with the evaluation edition, so you need to check the upgrade matrix before proceeding. For example, you cannot upgrade from evaluation edition to Standard or Enterprise edition directly. You need to first upgrade to Developer edition and then to Standard or Enterprise edition.


To upgrade your evaluation edition of Sql Server, follow these steps:


  • Run the Sql Server setup program from the installation media or download it from [Microsoft website].



  • Select Maintenance > Edition Upgrade from the left menu.



  • Follow the wizard instructions and enter the product key for the edition that you want to upgrade to.



  • Restart the Sql Server service and verify that the upgrade was successful.



Reinstalling Sql Server




If you do not want to purchase a paid edition of Sql Server or if you want to switch to a free edition such as Developer, Express, or Web, you can reinstall Sql Server with a new license. However, this will erase your existing databases and settings, so you need to back up your data before proceeding. You can either copy the .mdf and .ldf files from the data folder of your Sql Server instance or use SSMS to perform a backup operation.


To reinstall Sql Server with a new license, follow these steps:


  • Uninstall the evaluation edition of Sql Server from Control Panel > Programs and Features.



  • Download the installation media or setup program for the edition that you want to install from [Microsoft website].



  • Run the setup program and follow the wizard instructions. Enter the product key if required.



  • Restore your databases and settings from the backup files that you created earlier.



  • Restart the Sql Server service and verify that the installation was successful.



Conclusion




In this article, we have explained how to fix the error "Sql Server evaluation period has expired" that occurs when you use an expired license of Sql Server. We have shown you two methods: upgrading or reinstalling Sql Server with a new license. We hope that this article has helped you resolve this issue and continue using Sql Server for your development or testing purposes.


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