Enalbe SQL Server Edition Upgrade when paying by the minute in Azure VM
When SQL Server is purchased as part of an Azure VM and a subscription is setup to pay for SQL Server & the VM by the minute, it is not possible to upgrade the SQL Server Edition. The entire VM must be rebuilt which, while possible, can be very time consuming.
Request is to allow SQL Server edition upgrades within Azure VMs when paying by the minute for service. For example, a VM may be initially built with SQL Server Standard edition. This is my situation. I now have the need to use an enterprise edition feature (data driven SSRS subscriptions). I have no choice but to rebuild the VM from scratch.
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Stephane St-Louis commented
This should be easier to perform, especially considering that upgrading edition from Standard to Enterprise usually simply consists of inserting the installation media and performing a few simple clicks...
the process of upgrading or downgrading the SQL version should be as simple as the process of resizing a VM
Santosh D commented
MS please fix this
Daniel Etten commented
Also for upgrading from 2012 to 2014 / 2016
Jon Hecht commented
Agreed, this makes upgrading so much more complex and risky.
Christian Findlay commented
This is a really poor problem with Azure VM Hosting. They really need to fix this as it is very time consuming to set up a VM, and then to be forced to dump all that work just because you want to upgrade SQL server is ridiculous.