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    Unanswered: SQL Server 2008 R2 sp4 upgrade Enterprise edition to SQL Server 2016 Standard edition

    So I am reading the documentation and it looks like I have an unsupported upgrade path. I have 2 servers right now. SQL Server 2008 R2 sp4 and SQL Server 2016 Standard edition. I was just thinking I might be able to backup and restore and maybe have to flip the compatibility level, but sitting here reading the documentation, I am thinking I might have to copy code and data over in more of a manual process. My corporate overlords have decided it is a wise use of resources to do this while at the same time moving processes from the older SQL Server onto a new platform.
    “If one brings so much courage to this world the world has to kill them or break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” Earnest Hemingway, A Farewell To Arms.

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    The problem is not likely to be the version difference, but the edition difference (standard vs enterprise). If you can get SQL 2016 Enterprise, then you can just back up the 2008 R2 database(s) and restore them happily on the SQL 2016 server. You may be getting errors because the restore either found a feature that is not supported in standard in one of your databases (getting to be fewer of those, though), or MS just wants to get paid. Any idea why the corporate overlords are saying you should downgrade the edition?

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    Money of course. Nobody here wants to pay those M$ license fees anymore and my mandate is to disassemble the on prem M$ datawarehouses and put them in the cloud (google, aws) and use as many open source tools as possible. I am liking python better than .Net. The linux command line is pretty powerful. I am not a huge fan of redshift honestly. I am trying to talk the boss into snowflake or big query.
    “If one brings so much courage to this world the world has to kill them or break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” Earnest Hemingway, A Farewell To Arms.

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