Extend the Extended SQL Server Trial Period

In the previous “SQL Server evaluation period has expired, How to extend it?” article, I have explained How to extend the evaluation period for SQL Server 2012?.

In this hint, I will try to answer the below questions:

  • How to Extend the SQL Server Evaluation Period?
  • What happened after the extended SQL Server evaluation period has expired again?
  • Can I Extend the extended SQL Server evaluation period after it expired again?

How to Extend the SQL Server Evaluation Period?

You can extend the SQL Server Trial period by following the mentioned instructions at “SQL Server evaluation period has expired, How to extend it?

SQL Server Trial period has expired

 


What happened after the extended SQL Server evaluation period has expired again?

After the extended SQL Server Evaluation Period has expired again, you can’t extend it again! you will get the following:

  • When you tried to open SQL Server Management Studio, you will get

SQL Evaluation Period has expired 

Evaluation perod has expired

  • The SQL Services are stopped.

Extend SQL Server Trial Period again

  • Unforthuantly, you can’t start it again!

The request failed or the service did not respond in a timely fashion

the request failed


Can I Extend the extended SQL Server evaluation period after it expired again?

Unfortunately, You can’t, you should

  • Purchase a new SQL Server license.
  • Build a new SQL Server Trial Environment.
  • Or try to do the below workaround.

Extend the SQL Evaluation period after the second expiration

In this case, you should do the following:

  • Just Change the machine date to a specific date where the SQL server was worked properly.

change date time

  • Set the date to a specific date where the  SQL server had worked properly. In my case, it was 1-07-2015.

change to date that it working before

  • Open SQL Server Configuration Manager.

Open SQL Server Configuration

  • You will note that all SQL Services stopped!

Extend the SQL Evaluation period after the second expiration

  • Try to start each service one by one.

Start SQL Server Services - Extend the SQL Evaluation period after the second expiration

  • The services should be started properly.

ReStart SQL Server Services - Extend the SQL Evaluation period after the second expiration

  • Go back to SSMS, it should be working properly without the expiration message.

Open SQL - Extend the SQL Evaluation period after the second expiration

Connect to SSMS

Note: Don’t forget to reset the machine date again to today.

Change the date - Extend the SQL Evaluation period after the second expiration

Note: After closing SQL Management Studio, the aboved steps will be expired, and you will need to repeat it again to be able to run SQL Management Studio without expiration message.


Applies To
  • SQL Server 2012.

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