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Upgrading to SQL Server 2014

Level 17

As a production DBA for over seven years with a large-ish financial services company, I've seen more than my share of upgrades. Over the years I've added and modified my upgrade/migration checklists. The latest version, for SQL Server 2014, is available here:

Upgrading to SQL Server 2014: A Dozen Things to Check

The post covers a variety of topics:

  1. Hardware
  2. Compatibility checks
  3. Data integrity
  4. Upgrade versus migration
  5. Ensuring reliable performance

Have a look and let me know if there is something you have on your checklist that you feel should be on mine.

Level 12


- Memory, CPU, NIC teaming and SANs solution

- OS version

- Full Backup and database maintenance

- Creating DNS Alias

- Load Balancing

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Level 15

Helpful information.  We have not moved forward to SQL 2014 yet.  Bookmarking this post.

About the Author
Thomas LaRock is a Head Geek at SolarWinds and a Microsoft® Certified Master, SQL Server® MVP, VMware® vExpert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He has over 20 years experience in the IT industry in roles including programmer, developer, analyst, and database administrator.