How to Re-Install SQL Server 2008 Evaluation

You have 180 days to evaluate.  You can check number of days till expiration:   open your SQL Server Management Studio and widen first line in Help — About box.

What if your trial is about to expire, and you need just a few more days to evaluate?

You can switch to a free Express edition, or you can follow this cumbersome procedure.

 

=01= Un-Install SQL Server 2008

Sandy-Beach-2017

Drop all your custom databases
Run your Maintenance Plan one last time
Save all your maintenance plans (this step was not tested)
Go to Control Panel – Programs and Features
Uninstall Microsoft SQL Server 2008 – Remove
Check Rules – Next
Select Features – You have to delete everything including the instance
Pick  – Select All
Removal Rules – Next
Ready to Remove – Remove
Removal Progress – Next
Complete – Close
Make sure Microsoft SQL 2008 Server line is gone from Programs and Features

Question: Does the Server restart required? – No

Delete file   user.config from:
%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft_Corporation\LandingPage.exe_StrongName_ryspccglaxmt4nhllj5z3thycltsvyyx\10.0.0.0

Question: What if file user.config is not there?
This file only appears during un-install procedure.

 

=02= Re-Install SQL Server 2008

Question: Can I reinstall SQL Server with the same exact instance name? – Yes

[Get ready to answer lots of question and pick lots of options]
Insert SQL Server 2008 disk and pick to run SETUP.EXE
Pick Installation (on the left) and New SQL Server stand-alone installation (on the right)
Setup Support Rules – OK
Setup Support Files – Install
Windows Support Rules – Note Windows Firewall warning – Next
Product Key – Pick your free edition (Enterprise or Express) or enter a Product Key – Next
License Terms – Accept the license terms – Next
Feature Selection – Pick only what you need:
– Database Engine Services
– Management Tools – Basic
– Management Tools – Complete – Next
Instance Configuration – Pick named instance and type your instance name exactly as before – Next
Disk Space Requirements – Next
Server Configuration – Pick NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE for both
You would need SQL Server Agent for your Maintenance Plan, so change it to Automatic – Next
Database Engine Configuration – Pick Mixed Mode and enter a memorable password
Add Current user and your Admin group – Next
Error and Usage Reporting – Do not Send Anything – Next
Installation Rules – Next
Ready to Install – Install (12:12) (12:53)
Installation Progress – Next
Complete – Close

 

=03= Post Installation Tasks

Check expiration days in Help – About box – OK
(If required) Enable FILESTREAM feature immediately (before installing service pack)
Download latest Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack

Apply latest SQL Service Pack 2 (as of 2010/10/08)
Welcome – Next
License Terms – Next
Select Features – Next
Check Files in Use – Next
Ready to Update – Update
Update Progress – Next
Complete – Close

Attach all your custom Databases:
Databases – Attach – Add and navigate to your location – OK

 

=04= How to uninstall SQL Server 2008 SP 2

Check your SQL Server 2008 level before the action. Run this query:

SELECT
SERVERPROPERTY('Edition') AS 'Edition',
SERVERPROPERTY('ProductVersion') AS 'Product Version',
SERVERPROPERTY('ProductLevel') AS 'Product Level',
SERVERPROPERTY('ResourceLastUpdateDateTime') AS 'Last Update',
SERVERPROPERTY('ResourceVersion') AS 'Resource Version'
GO
Edition Product Version Product Level Resource Last Update Resource Version
Enterprise Evaluation Edition 10.0.4000.0 SP2 9/16/10 23:11 10.00.4000

Go to Control Panel – Program and Features and click on View Installed Updates.
Select Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 and click Uninstall a program.
You might need to insert your original SQL installation CD.
Check your SQL Server 2008 level after the uninstall:

Edition Product Version Product Level Resource Last Update Resource Version
Enterprise Evaluation Edition 10.0.1600.22 RTM 7/9/08 16:50 10.00.1600

Happy SQL-ing…  These steps were tested on Windows 2008 Server.

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