I have a SQL Express 2014 instance on a server with 1 database that has 1 table. I would like to move that database to an existing SQL Server 2019 Standard instance that is on a different server. The windows server version of the Express instance is 2012R2, the windows server version of the SQL Standard version is 2019, both are 64-bit.

I'm a SQL newbie. Can someone point me to a how-to guide that tells me how to move that sql express database? All I've been able to find are instructions for upgrading the SQL server, not moving a database to an existing server.

  • Any reason not to just manually recreate the database and table on the Standard instance, and script out the data or use a data migration tool?...how much data is there (by size and / or row count)?
    – J.D.
    Jan 3, 2023 at 15:18
  • I was definitely considering doing that but didn't know if it would cause a problem going from one version to another. There are only 40,575 rows in the table. Jan 3, 2023 at 16:28
  • Can I just script out the database and create a new one in the standard instance using that script? Jan 3, 2023 at 16:29

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Why don't you just do a backup of the express database and restore it to the standard instance?


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