Step-by-Step Guide

Step 2: SQL Server 2005 upgrade prerequisites

With a clear understanding of your upgrade needs, you can jump into the technical steps to complete the migration.

  • Determine your product version upgrade path.
    • See "Version and Edition Upgrades" in SQL Server 2005 Books Online
  • Verify that your SQL Server 2005 environment meets hardware and software requirements.
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  • Set up an environment to test the migration process as well as front-end applications and dependent (upstream and downstream) systems' functionality.
    • Take a holistic view of the environment to ensure you don't overlook any applications because the components that are overlooked become issues during the process.


Migrating to SQL Server 2005

 Home: Introduction
 Step 1: What to upgrade
 Step 2: Upgrade prerequisites
 Step 3: Migration options
 Step 4: Additional considerations

Jeremy Kadlec is the Principal Database Engineer at Edgewood Solutions, a technology services company delivering professional services and product solutions for Microsoft SQL Server. He has authored numerous articles and delivers frequent presentations at regional SQL Server Users Groups and nationally at SQL PASS. Jeremy is also's Performance Tuning expert.


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This was first published in March 2006

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