SQL Server Upgrades Made Easy

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

That’s why we created this page – to make it as easy and simple as possible for you to navigate the path to achieving success with your SQL Server upgrade. We hosted a webinar series on this topic and are making the content available here for free. 

Some of the topics we cover on this page include:

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Yes, SQL Server 2008 is reaching end of life in July of this year. But there are plenty of other really good reasons you should consider upgrading sooner rather than later from SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2012, or SQL Server 2014!

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The list of reasons why you haven’t upgraded yet is long and probably justified. We answer these questions and more: Where do I start? What version and edition? Do I need to keep paying for Enterprise Edition? How do we minimize downtime? How do we know what will break? What questions are we not asking?

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We talk about doing a health check/review of your SQL Server instances (why bring over the bad stuff?), testing to see what could break, deprecated features, reviewing performance, planning hardware, and document everything.

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You’ll learn some installation best practices, how to create and follow a SQL Server upgrade checklist, how to create, practice, and understand a rollback plan, plan your downtime, and test before releasing to the wild.

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You’ve come this far, so don’t let it fall apart! You’ll learn the importance of regular health checks, best practices for maintenance, and how to set up alerting & monitoring. You’ll see how to plan for regular patching and updates and we’ll wrap up with suggestions for using some of those new features.

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Our final webinar is a live chat with a team of Straight Path experts who share war stories and answer any questions you may still have before you begin your own successful SQL Server upgrade project!

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Need Help With Your Upgrade?

Upgrades shouldn’t hurt. We’ll make sure yours doesn’t.

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Why Upgrade SQL Server?

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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. 

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Before You Upgrade

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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.

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During Your Upgrade

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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.

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After Your Upgrade

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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.

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