Step-by-Step Guide: Migrating to SQL Server 2005 with Copy Database Wizard

The Copy Database Wizard offers a point-and-click interface to easily migrate a single SQL Server database and its objects from SQL Server 2000 to 2005. Edgewood Solutions' Jeremy Kadlec explains how in this step-by-step guide.

Even before Microsoft released SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1, the wheels were turning for many DBAs to begin migrating to SQL Server 2005.

In an earlier step-by-step guide on planning your migration, I outlined how to move from SQL Server 2000 to 2005. You should consider all of the many options available based on your unique environment, and take into account that the decision is situational and the migration process may not be the same for every upgrade.

I think a common scenario will be the migration of a database from a SQL Server 2000 server to a SQL Server 2005 server. As it pertains to upgrading a single database and its objects, I think the Copy Database Wizard will be a popular option for small to mid-sized databases because it can include dependent objects (logins, DTS packages, jobs, etc.). As such, this guide will outline steps to migrate from SQL Server 2000 to 2005 by using the Copy Database Wizard method. At a high level, this tool creates one or more SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) packages to complete the migration either by detaching and attaching the database or using SQL Management Objects (SMO) to move the data.

Note: For a webcast outlining the technical options with the pros and cons of each option, reference Weighing your SQL Server 2005 migration options.

Upgrading to SQL Server 2005 using Copy Database Wizard

 Home: Introduction
 Step 1: Plan your migration
 Step 2: Choose your hardware and software
 Step 3: Test your migration process
 Step 4: Be sure you have a corruption-free environment
 Step 5: Migrate using the Copy Database Wizard
 Step 6: Perform post-upgrade tasks
 Step 7: Conclusion

Jeremy Kadlec
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. Kadlec is the Performance Tuning expert. Ask him a question here.
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