SQL Server 2008 Evaluation Edition Expired

Once you upgrade an existing SQL Server 2008 evaluation edition to any of registered version you will prompt with the following error when you tried to open the Management Studio.

There is a workaround to sort out this issue : its for your to hack registry keys.

Set CommonFiles registry value to 3 in HKLM\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\100\ConfigurationState Registry.

After that you have to reinstall (if the tools are not installed currently) or run edition Upgrade.

This is identified as a known issue where SQL Server Management Studio is not upgraded when you do any of  SQL Server 2008 edition upgrade.


version and edition upgrades.


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