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Tools to migrate data to SQL Server 2005

SQL Server 2005 expert Adam Machanic discusses the benefits of using Microsoft's migration tool – the SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Advisor.

Are any tools available to help prepare my systems for migration to SQL Server 2005?

Microsoft has provided the SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Advisor to help database administrators determine what will have to be done in order to upgrade to SQL Server 2005. This tool evaluates a variety of factors, including deprecated features and necessary changes to system configuration, in order to paint a clear picture of the overall readiness of the database system for SQL Server 2005.

The tool presents warnings in several categories, including Analysis Services, Data Transformation Services, Full-Text Search, Notification Services, Reporting Services, and of course the core Database Engine. DBAs hoping to upgrade their systems should take a look at this tool.

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