We have a licensed SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition instance, that for some reason keeps getting license expiration messages in Management Studio. Sometimes it gets this message:
Your Microsoft SQK Server Management Studio evaluation period has expired.
You can get a key to extend your trial by registering this copy of Microsoft Management Studio online. You may also purchase a key to activate the product.
Other times, it says a key has been entered:
A valid product key has been entered for Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio.
Still other times, SSMS just closes, prompting you to save files.
This machine has had various versions of Visual Studio installed and uninstalled by a developer who once had administrative rights, and I suspect that's what's got this all messed up. However, I've removed Visual Studio, and uninstalled SQL all the way to the ground, and re-installed, but the message doesn't go away.
Has anyone experienced this, and is it worth trying to fix? Or should I install on a new platform and migrate off this machine?