What I understand is that there is a restriction of upgrading a SQL Server 2012 cluster from evaluation edition to licensed standard edition.

Is there a similar limitation for upgrade from cluster evaluation edition to licensed enterprise edition. If no , can you please provide a link for the upgrade process

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Supported Upgrade Path for SQL 2012 can be found here:


Upgrade from SQL Server 2005 Evaluation, SQL Server 2008 Evaluation, and SQL Server 2008 R2 Evaluation to SQL Server 2012 is not supported.

So if you are just making a 2012 eval edition to a full enterprise edition it'll work. You can do so by starting setup.exe to bring up the installation menu. Go to maintenance, then 'edition upgrade' See the pic:


Or you could run the command line to install SQL Server but pass in the Product ID, using your own path, /q command optional.

setup.exe /q /ACTION=editionupgrade /InstanceName=MSSQLSERVER /PID=<appropriatePid> /SkipRules= Engine_SqlEngineHealthCheck

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