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SQL Server 2005: Server upgrade requirements

Prepare for a SQL Server 2005 upgrade, from determining the product version upgrade path to meeting hardware and software server requirements.

With a clear understanding of your customer's SQL Server 2005 upgrade needs, you should be able to jump into the technical steps to complete the migration and determine the server upgrade requirments.

  • 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.

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About the author: 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. Ask him a question.

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