Migrating from SQL Server 2005

SQL Server 2005 reaches the end of Extended support in Apr. 2016 and organizations should be planning migration now to mitigate future security risks. Robust backward compatibility features and migration tools enable a range of migration options and destinations, including attaching existing databases to newer SQL Server versions, complete upgrades of the server software and databases, and new hosted solutions, including Azure. However, SQL Server includes many components, such as services, disaster recovery, management tools, and applications that are likely to complicate a migration.

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