SQL Server 2005 Trial?

  • Hey All,

    I have an ANCIENT application running a SQL 7 database that, unfortunately, we'll need to hang on to until folks are absolutely sure data has converted over properly in the new system we implemented in October. Because it's a huge database, this task will take quite a while...we're thinking a least a year.

    I would be a lot more comfortable keeping this application if I could get away from SQL 7 (which is running on a Win 2K box, by the way). I've been researching how to upgrade the DB and it looks like I can go from SQL 7 to SQL 2005, then from SQL 2005 to SQL 2012 (which is what we're running our current DBs on).

    OF course, the app could use some commands structured for SQL 7 syntax that does not work in newer versions of MSSQL, but I'd at least like to give it a try.

    So, with that said, does anyone have any recommendations on where I could possibly obtain a "trial" version of SQL 2005?


  • eBay.

  • I think that the trials of 2005 have just recently stopped being available 😞

  • Do you have an MSDN subscription? Might find it in there.

  • @RojoLoco I was just thinking that. We do have a subscription. I'll have to ask my boss when he's in later this morning.

  • @anthonyh I just checked mine, and I can see listings for 2005, but it's not available with our particular subscription (we mostly have Visual Studio available).

  • @RojoLoco Our might be similar. We subscribed for HIS development so we could interface with the mainframes that other agencies still run (yuck). Though maybe we'll get lucky. It looks like SQL 2005 is ~$100 on eBay at a quick glance. I'm not sure my boss will want to put $1 into this old DB, but we'll see!

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