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  1. #1
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    Jan 2005

    Unanswered: Moving from SQL Express 2k5 to SQL Server 2k5

    What is the best way to move a SQL Server Express 2k5 database to a SQL Server 2005 (standard) server? Would I simply just detach the database and logs, copy them to the new server, then reattach them? Thanks!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Provided Answers: 14
    It would be better to back up the databases on the Express server then restore them on the standard version.

    Be aware that there are some subtle differences in a few T-SQL instructions and their syntax between the two versions, so carefully check the stored procedures and functions (if any) before validating the migration.

    See also:
    Microsoft SQL Server: SQL Server 2005 Features Comparison

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