How to open Microsoft SQL Management Studio after the evaluation period had expired again in SQL Server 2012

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

In this hint, I will answer the following questions:

  • What are you doing If the evaluation period has expired ?!
    • I will follow the mentioned instructions in this article to extend it.
  • What are you doing If the extending evaluation period had expired again?!
    • I should purchase a new license.or
    • I will try to find out another way to extend it.
  • Can I use the mentioned instructions in this article to extend it again ?
    • Unfortunately,it’s not considered a practical solution for the second time to extend because you will get unexpected behaviors like :
      • The Microsoft SQL Management Studio will work only once ! and In the second time,you will get this message again.Evaluation perod has expired
      • The SQL Services stopped.
        starting-service-sql
      • and it was unable to start and this error appears.the request failed
    • So if you need to waste at least ten minutes to apply the mentioned instructions in this article to only use the SSMS for once ! go ahead, else you should find out a new way to extend the evaluation period after the second expiration.
  • What if there is no other way to extend it again ?
    • In this case,you should follow the mentioned hints below.
      • Just Change the machine date to a specific date where the  SQL server had worked properly.change date time.PNG
      • Set the date to a specific date where the  SQL server had worked properly. In my case it’s 1-07-2015.change to date that it working before
      • Open SQL Server Configuration Manager.SQL Server Configuration
      • You will note that all SQL Service were stopped !SQL Server Configuration Manager
      • Try to start each service one by one.try to start again
      • The services should now be started properly.sql service starting
      • Go back to SSMS, it should be working properly without the expiration message.msms working.PNG
      • Try to connect.Connect to SSMS
      • Don’t forget to reset the machine date again to today.change date again to current date

Note: You should be aware that, the previous steps must be applied each time you close  the management studio and you intend to run it again.

Enjoy 🙂

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