Upgrading That Expired Evaluation Copy Of SQL Server

Cody Konior finds a way to extricate the poor souls who need to upgrade expired evaluation copies of SQL Server from their mess:

Common advice here is to set the clock backwards. My problem with that is that you’re probably doing this on an unsupported unknown black-box flaming garbage can of a system set up by someone who wasn’t meant to do it – because otherwise they wouldn’t be using the evaluation edition. So what are the repercussions of setting the clock backwards? Perhaps their application spawning silently in the background and trashing this or other databases with bad date information? Perhaps you’ll lose your RDP connection and then be unable to connect back in because of the SSPI error generated by a clock mismatch?

No thanks. Instead you need to do some detective work.

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