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Dear SQL Server experts,

Can you tell me the different between SQL-Server 2008 R2 and SQL-Server 2012 versions? I designed my product with version 2008 but when I tried to buy a licence, Microsoft said they won't sell it anymore, buy 2012 instead.

So I need proof that our system can run with 2012. I know it's backward compatible but I need official proof. Please help me.

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A few things you'll want to watch out for:

For an official list (it doesn't include all of the above items, and there may be others that aren't coming to mind):

You may also want to check the discontinued features page:

And also run the Upgrade Advisor against your instance, this is exactly what it's for:

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Aaron, your first link gets "Page Not Found". (2012-06-29) – Rob Garrison Jun 29 '12 at 22:07
@RobGarrison Yeah they deleted the original answer because it was cross-posted. – Aaron Bertrand Jun 29 '12 at 22:08
LOL, you left out licensing costs – brian Jun 30 '12 at 2:06
@brian the whole licensing thing is blown out of proportion. Most customers end up paying the same price unless they have CPUs with > 4 cores. – Aaron Bertrand Jun 30 '12 at 2:20

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