SQL Server: How to Upgrade a Trial Installation into a Fully Licensed Non-Trial Installation
This article will help someone upgrade a trial version of SQL Server to a full version of SQL Server.
SQL Server Trial Version
You are likely here because you are thinking about or have downloaded and installed a 180 day trial version of SQL Server and now you want to upgrade to a full use license.
First Purchase a SQL Server License
Before you can turn your trial install into a full version you will need to purchase a SQL Server license.
If you are a department at the University of Minnesota and you need to purchase SQL Server licensing you will need to purchase your license from CDW-G, via http://umarket.umn.edu. CDW-G manages our Microsoft Select Plus Agreement and SQL Server is one of the products available for purchase within that agreement.
You will be prompted to log in with your University of Minnesota credentials, if you are not already. Once there click on the link for Microsoft Select Plus - Licenses:
You will then be able to search for licenses available within the Microsoft Select Plus Agreement.
Make your purchase.
You will have an option to purchase your license with our with out Software Assurance (SA). SA is the same thing as upgrade maintenance. You can purchase a license with SA for 1, 2 or 3 years. If you do not purchase a license with SA you can use the software perpetually but only at the version that you were given when you made your purchase. If you know you will want to always have the most up to date version of the software you should consider purchasing licensing with SA. When your SA expires (after 1, 2 or 3 years) you will be given the opportunity to renew your SA for another 1, 2 or 3 years. You will not have to renew the full license - just the SA. If you let your SA lapse (don't renew) and then decide you want to upgrade your software at a later date, you will be required to purchase a new full license.
Remember that you do NOT need to purchase SQL Server Device Client Access Licenses (CALs) - UMN has purchased those for you already. If you need User CALs you will need to purchase those.
After you have Purchased a SQL Server License
Follow the directions in this Microsoft Blog post on how to upgrade the Trial version of SQL Server to the full server version that you have just purchased.