I found out SQL Server Developer Edition is now free.
I would like to use my older databases from SQL Server Express 2016 to a new instance of SQL Server Developer 2017.
I want all the data objects: indexes, triggers, etc. to be moved together with the data files.
I am trying to figure out the ways in which I can do this. I am pretty sure these would work between instances of the same version, but I am not sure if it would work if moving between different versions of SQL Server:
- Backup Old and Restore to New
- Script Old and run the script on New
- Detach Old and reattach it on New
Are these 3 workable? Are there any other ways?
The instances are on the same machine, and I have not yet installed SQL Server developer edition.
Migration does not need to be immediate, but at most within a week or so.