Is there a migration path to upgrade SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard to SQL Server 2014 Developer?

If so, are there any pain points?

If not, how would you recommend I proceed?

The context of this question is a Developer machine that is running SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard and wants to now run SQL Server 2014 Developer.

Update 07/11/2014 - The accepted answer worked for me. I installed SQL Server 2014 Developer as a named instance then followed Zasz's StackOverflow answer to convert the named instance to the default instance.

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    As a side note/question, why are you trying to go from a Standard edition instance to a Developer edition instance? That's not common. Jun 24, 2014 at 11:52
  • @ThomasStringer Previously Standard edition was purchased for developers, however it seems that the Developer edition is more appropriate & management decided to go with that for the developers. Jun 24, 2014 at 11:54
  • I hope you are aware developer edition cannot be used in production. Standard can be used.
    – Shanky
    Jul 11, 2014 at 13:31
  • @Shanky Yes the context of this question was for a developer's machine. Jul 11, 2014 at 13:32

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That is not a supported upgrade path.

how would you recommend I proceed?

My recommendation would be to install side-by-side and then migrate (backup and restore) your databases to the SQL Server 2014 instance.


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