SQL Server Upgrades

Your SQL Server Upgrade Should Not Hurt. We’ll Make Sure Yours Won’t!

We get it. You need to perform an upgrade to your SQL Server. Maybe you’re still running on SQL Server 2008 or now, SQL Server 2012 wondering about the end of life and end of support. Maybe it’s SQL Server 2014 and you are curious about new features or enterprise features in Standard Edition SKUs starting in SQL Server 2016 and getting even better in SQL Server 2019 and beyond. If you are like most shops, you are a little busy. Your DBAs, if you have any, are spread thin. Maybe another decade will pass without that SQL upgrade you’ve been waiting for? We can help.

We can help plan, implement, or just be a sounding board. We’ve been there. We’ve done it.

Haven’t upgraded SQL Server yet? You’re not alone!

That’s why we hosted a webinar series on this topic and are making the content available here for free. We want to make it as easy and simple as possible for you to navigate the path to achieving success with your upgrade. Check out our SQL Upgrades Made Easy videos below…

SQL Server upgrades made easy

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Webinar Series – SQL Server Upgrades Made Easy

Why Upgrade SQL Server?

This is an introduction to the SQL Server upgrade series. We also start to get into a few of the questions to consider before upgrading – primarily the WHY of the upgrade. If you are on SQL Server 2008 or 2012? It’s definitely time to consider an upgrade. If for no other reason than all of the new features. Not to mention, SQL Server 2008 is going end of life. This series is really designed to help you ask the right questions, get into the right mindset, plan for your environment and give you some tips and tricks from all of the SQL Server ugprades I’ve been a part of as a consultant and full-time DBA.

Before You Upgrade

Here we chat about the things to consider BEFORE you start your SQL Server upgrades. We discuss questions you should be asking yourself before any SQL upgrade project starts. We talk about rollback plans, CNAMEs, checking health before, etc.

During Your Upgrade

Here we chat about the things to consider DURING your SQL Server upgrade. We discuss questions you should be asking yourself before any SQL upgrade project starts. We talk about rollback plans, CNAMEs, checking health before, etc.

After Your Upgrade

Here we chat about the things to consider AFTER your SQL Server upgrade. Health checks. Monitoring. Keeping the lights on. Frankly, this webinar is a must whether you are doing a SQL Server upgrade or not! In a week – after our live hangout video goes live, we’ll make a single page that has all of the videos, download links, references to blog posts and other content you might like and if we come up with more free checklists or downloads to help you with your SQL Server upgrade projects, we’ll throw it there and let that page be a living page.

Expert, Painless, Set-it-and-Forget-it SQL Server Upgrades

  • We plan the SQL Server upgrade based on your needs with you.
  • We choose the right path to get migrated
  • Your New instance has all the best practices applied
  • We do a test run through and walk through the testing with you
  • We plan the live migration with you
  • We stay until things are good after go live
  • We leave you with best practices and peace of mind
  • We follow our own upgrade checklist and methodology we describe in our SQL Server Upgrades made easy page.

Our expertise, experience, and methods will get your SQL Server upgraded with little disruption to your users. We’ll get it right the first time and your team will learn about the new features and which way to go. We can own the upgrade 100% or we can help you plan and help you build a successful SQL Server upgrade project.

SQL Server upgrades should just work, shouldn’t they?  

When you start with the right plan, attention to detail and a full understanding of what you have and where you need to be, a SQL Server upgrade can become a stress-free part of your database operations.

Straight Path and our experts have been through countless SQL Server upgrades. We know what works and what doesn’t. We know when an in-place upgrade is safe (or, rather, why we really don’t like them!) and when a migration would be better (nearly always!!). We’ve helped save license costs by taking advantage of Standard edition features or taking advantage of newer processors and lowering core counts based on actual data.

With our help, your SQL Server upgrades will work. We’ll make sure of it.  We’ll help you craft the right plan, test the plan, consider new features, look to maximize resources and minimize budget and get you moving forward in the best way. We’ll be there for your team at the planning and execution phase, and we’ll be there for them on that first day of go-live making sure you’ve had another successful SQL Server upgrade.