Microsoft is ending support for SQL Server 2008R2 Express
This document explains what to expect when Microsoft ends support for SQL Server 2008R2 Express.
Document 9033 | Last updated: 06/10/2019 MJY
On July 9th, 2019, Microsoft is ending support for SQL Server 2008R2 Express. Because of this, Microsoft will no longer release patches or security updates for this version of SQL Server which exposes it to significant security risks.
For years, TOTAL has utilized SQL Server 2008R2 Express for its database structure on server installations of TOTAL. But, due to Microsoft ending support and the increased security risks that go with that, we're forced to end support for SQL Server 2008R2 Express. We'll be utilizing SQL Server 2017 Express going forward.
These changes only affect TOTAL installed on servers in a networked environment. No action needs to be taken on any workstations connected to the server.
To make this as easy as possible, we've developed a utility that upgrades your existing SQL Server 2008R2 installation to SQL Server 2017. But, before you run the migration utility, review the list of minimum requirements below and make sure your system is compatible. Once you've verified that your system meets the minimum requirements, continue with the step‑by‑step instructions on running the SQL migration utility.
Before getting started, save and close out of anything you currently have open on the server, and close out of TOTAL on any workstations. The upgrade process takes roughly 30 minutes (or more), depending on how fast your server is. During this time, the server must reboot and will be unavailable, and workstations on the network won't be able to access server resources — including TOTAL — during the upgrade. When you're ready, follow the instructions below to run the upgrade utility:
You may want to wait until the end of a workday or the weekend to run this utility to avoid any down time. (Just make sure someone is available to click the Reboot Now button when the utility reaches step 6.)
When the server boots back up, the upgrade utility continues the installation before Windows is loaded. This means you'll see a blank or black screen with only a progress indicator displayed until it's finished.
That's it! Once the utility is finished, the version of SQL Server on your machine has been successfully upgraded to SQL Server 2017.