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'Microsoft SQL Server management studio' and 'SQL Server Profiler' report 'Evaluation period has expired' message even after upgrading to a licensed edition
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After doing an in-place edition upgrade
(http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc707783.aspx)of a SQL Server 2008 evaluation edition to any licensed edition, the SQL Server Management Studio and SQL Server Profiler tools that might have been optionally installed locally on the system, will still report the following error message after the evaluation period of the original edition had expired.
Evaluation period has expired. For information on how to upgrade your evaluation software please go to http://www.microsoft.com/sql/howtobuy
Note You will also notice this issue on systems where you had originally installed the evaluation edition of the shared tools and later upgrade to a licensed version.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a bug in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
You have the following two options to fix the problem.
Apply Service Pack 1 for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 before upgrading the evaluation edition to a licensed edition.
Note If you had already done the edition upgrade before applying Service Pack 1 for SQL server 2008 you will be required to go through all the steps mentioned in Option 2 below to resolve the problem. The service pack will only prevent issues with future edition upgrades.
Use the following procedure to fix the issue:
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756)How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
How to check whether SSMS will expire?
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Article ID: 971268 - Last Review: August 7, 2009 - Revision: 2.1