Upgrade SQL Server 2012 Standard to Enterprise with Different Service Packs

In October 2013, I wrote about how to “Upgrade SQL Server 2012 Standard to Enterprise“.  Recently in the comments section, Leo asked “Is this impacted by service packing?”.  This is an excellent question.

There are two ways to look at this question.  First, what if the upgrade media is at an older version or older service pack then your installed SQL Server.  The other being if the upgrade media is newer.

An excellent resource for listing service pack version numbers is: http://sqlserverbuilds.blogspot.com/

Using Older SQL Server Installation Media

First tested is SQL Server Standard 2012 SP2.

BeforeSQL2012SP2_Standard

SQL Server 2012 SP2 – Standard Edition – 11.0.5058.0

Below is showing the installation ISO file used to perform the upgrade.

SQL Server 2012 - Enterprise Edition - SP1 - ISO file

SQL Server 2012 SP1 – Enterprise Edition –  installation ISO file

The result is after the upgrade was performed, just the same way shown in “Upgrade SQL Server 2012 Standard to Enterprise“, the SQL Server 2012 is now the Enterprise Edition and is still at Service Pack 2 (SP2).

SQL Server 2012 – Enterprise Edition – 11.0.5058.0

Using Newer SQL Server Installation Media

Next tested is SQL Server Standard 2012 SP1.

SQL Server 2012 SP1 – Standard Edition – 11.0.3000.0

Below is showing the installation ISO file used to perform the upgrade.

SQL Server 2012 SP2 – Enterprise Edition – installation ISO file

The result is after the upgrade was performed, just the same way shown in “Upgrade SQL Server 2012 Standard to Enterprise“, the SQL Server 2012 is now the Enterprise Edition however the SQL Server remained at Service Pack 1 (SP1).

SQL Server 2012 SP1 – Enterprise Edition – 11.0.3000.0

SQL Server 2012 SP1 – Enterprise Edition – 11.0.3000.0

I have only tested this with SQL Server 2012.  If your results differ with other versions of SQL Server, please let me know in the comments section below.

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