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Supported Version and Edition Upgrades

You can upgrade from SQL Server 2008, and SQL Server 2008 R2, and SQL Server 2012. This topic lists the supported upgrade paths from these SQL Server versions, and the supported edition upgrades for SQL Server 2014.

  • Before upgrading from one edition of SQL Server 2014 to another, verify that the functionality you are currently using is supported in the edition to which you are moving.

  • Before upgrading SQL Server, enable Windows Authentication for SQL Server Agent and verify the default configuration: that the SQL Server Agent service account is a member of the SQL Server sysadmin group.

  • To upgrade to SQL Server 2014, you must be running a supported operating system. For more information, see Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server 2014.

  • Upgrade will be blocked if there is a pending restart.

  • Upgrade will be blocked if the Windows Installer service is not running.

  • Cross-version instances of SQL Server 2014 are not supported. Version numbers of the Database Engine, Analysis Services, and Reporting Services components must be the same in an instance of SQL Server 2014.

  • Cross-platform upgrade is not supported. You cannot upgrade a 32-bit instance of SQL Server to native 64-bit using SQL Server Setup. However, you can back up or detach databases from a 32-bit instance of SQL Server, and then restore or attach them to a new instance of SQL Server (64-bit) if the databases are not published in replication. You must re-create any logins and other user objects in master, msdb, and model system databases.

  • You cannot add new features during the upgrade of your existing instance of SQL Server. After you upgrade an instance of SQL Server to SQL Server 2014, you can add features by using the SQL Server 2014 Setup. For more information, see Add Features to an Instance of SQL Server 2014 (Setup).

  • Failover Clusters are not supported in WOW mode.

  • Upgrade from an Evaluation edition of a previous SQL Server version is not supported.

Note Note

Support for SQL Server 2005 is described in more detail in the next section, 'SQL Server 2014 support for SQL Server 2005'.

  • SQL Server 32-bit editions can be upgraded to SQL Server 2014 on the 32-bit subsystem (WOW64) of a 64-bit server.

  • SQL Server 64-bit versions can be upgraded to SQL Server 2014 64-bit server only.

Note Note

When you upgrade to SQL Server 2014 from a prior version of SQL Server Enterprise edition, choose between Enterprise Edition: Core-based Licensing and Enterprise Edition. These Enterprise editions differ only with respect to the licensing modes and the maximum number of cores supported. For more information, see Compute Capacity Limits by Edition of SQL Server.

SQL Server 2014 supports upgrade from the following versions of SQL Server:

  • SQL Server 2005 SP4 or later

  • SQL Server 2008 SP3 or later

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 or later

  • SQL Server 2012 SP1 or later

The table below lists the supported upgrade scenarios from earlier versions of SQL Server to SQL Server 2014.

Upgrade from

Supported upgrade path

SQL Server 2005 SP4 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2005 SP4 Developer

SQL Server 2014 Developer

SQL Server 2005 SP4 Standard

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Standard

SQL Server 2005 SP4 Workgroup

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Standard

SQL Server 2014 Web

SQL Server 2005 SP4 Express,

SQL Server 2005 SP4 Express with Tools, and

SQL Server 2005 SP4 Express with Advanced Services

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Standard

SQL Server 2014 Web

SQL Server 2014 Express

SQL Server 2008 SP3 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2008 SP3 Developer

SQL Server 2014 Developer

SQL Server 2008 SP3 Standard

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Standard

SQL Server 2008 SP3 Small Business

SQL Server 2014 Standard

SQL Server 2008 SP3 Web

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Standard

SQL Server 2014 Web

SQL Server 2008 SP3 Workgroup

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Standard

SQL Server 2014 Web

SQL Server 2008 SP3 Express,

SQL Server 2008 SP3 Express with Tools, and

SQL Server 2008 SP3 Express with Advanced Services

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Standard

SQL Server 2014 Web

SQL Server 2014 Express

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 Datacenter

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 Developer

SQL Server 2014 Developer

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 Small Business

SQL Server 2014 Standard

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 Standard

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Standard

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 Web

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Standard

SQL Server 2014 Web

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 Workgroup

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Standard

SQL Server 2014 Web

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 Express,

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 Express with Tools, and

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 Express with Advanced Services

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Standard

SQL Server 2014 Web

SQL Server 2014 Express

SQL Server 2012 SP1 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2012 SP1 Developer

SQL Server 2014 Developer

SQL Server 2012 SP1 Standard

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Standard

SQL Server 2012 SP1 Web

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Standard

SQL Server 2014 Web

SQL Server 2012 SP1 Express,

SQL Server 2012 SP1 Express with Tools, and

SQL Server 2012 SP1 Express Management Studio, and

SQL Server 2012 SP1 Express with Advanced Services

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Standard

SQL Server 2014 Web

SQL Server 2014 Express

SQL Server 2012 SP1 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Support for SQL Server 2005

This section discusses SQL Server 2014 support for SQL Server 2005. In SQL Server 2014, you will be able to do the following:

  • Upgrade a SQL Server 2005 instance of database engine to SQL Server 2014 by running SQL Server 2014 setup using the installation wizard or from the command prompt.

  • Attach a SQL Server 2005 database (mdf/ldf files) to SQL Server 2014 instance of database engine.

  • Restore a SQL Server 2005 database to SQL Server 2014 instance of database engine from a backup.

  • Upgrade a SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS) package to SQL Server 2014. Execute packages with automatic-in-place upgrade.

  • Upgrade a SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services (SSAS) to SQL Server 2014 by running SQL Server 2014 setup.

  • Back up a SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services (SSAS) cube and restoring on SQL Server 2014.

  • Upgrade SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services (SSRS) to SQL Server 2014 by running SQL Server 2014 setup.

When a SQL Server 2005 database is upgraded to SQL Server 2014, the database compatibility level will be changed from 90 to 100. (In SQL Server 2014, valid values for the database compatibility level are 100, 110 and 120.) ALTER DATABASE Compatibility Level (Transact-SQL) discusses how the compatibility level change could affect SQL Server applications.

Any scenarios not specified in the list above are not supported, including but not limited to the following:

  • Installing SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2014 on same computer (side by side).

  • Using a SQL Server 2005 instance as a member of the replication topology that involves a SQL Server 2014 instance.

  • Configuring database mirroring between SQL Server 2014 and SQL Server 2005 instances.

  • Backing up the transaction log with log shipping between SQL Server 2014 and SQL Server 2005 instances.

  • Configuring linked servers between SQL Server 2014 and SQL Server 2005 instances.

  • Managing a SQL Server 2005 instance from a SQL Server 2014 Management Studio.

  • Attaching a SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services (SSAS) cube in SQL Server 2014 Management Studio.

  • Connecting to SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS) from SQL Server 2014 Management Studio.

  • Managing a SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS) service from SQL Server 2014 Management Studio.

  • Support for SQL Server 2005 third party custom Integration Services components, such as execute and upgrade.

The following table lists the supported edition upgrade scenarios in SQL Server 2014.

For step-by-step instructions on how to perform an edition upgrade, see Upgrade to a Different Edition of SQL Server 2014 (Setup).

Upgrade From

Upgrade To

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise (Server+CAL and Core) 2

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise (Server+CAL or Core License)

SQL Server 2014 Evaluation Enterprise 2

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise (Server+CAL or Core License)

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Standard

SQL Server 2014 Developer

SQL Server 2014 Web

Upgrading from Evaluation Enterprise (a free edition) to any of the paid editions is supported for stand-alone installations, but is not supported for clustered installations.

SQL Server 2014 Standard 2

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise (Server+CAL or Core License)

SQL Server 2014 Developer 2

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise (Server+CAL or Core License)

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Web

SQL Server 2014 Standard

SQL Server 2014 Web

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise (Server+CAL or Core License)

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Standard

SQL Server 2014 Express 1

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise (Server+CAL or Core License)

SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2014 Developer

SQL Server 2014 Standard

SQL Server 2014 Web

Additionally you can also perform an edition upgrade between SQL Server 2014 Enterprise (Server+CAL license) and SQL Server 2014 Enterprise (Core License):

Edition Upgrade From

Edition Upgrade To

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise (Server+CAL License) 2

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise (Core License)

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise (Core License)

SQL Server 2014 Enterprise (Server+CAL License)

1 Also applies to SQL Server 2014 Express with Tools and SQL Server 2014 Express with Advanced Services.

2 Changing the edition of a SQL Server 2014 failover cluster is limited. The following scenarios are not supported for SQL Server 2014 failover clusters:

  • SQL Server 2014 Enterprise to SQL Server 2014 Developer, Standard, or Enterprise Evaluation.

  • SQL Server 2014 Developer to SQL Server 2014 Standard or Enterprise Evaluation.

  • SQL Server 2014 Standard to SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Evaluation.

  • SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Evaluation to SQL Server 2014 Standard.

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