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ryan.gillies
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Posted - 02/26/2014 :  06:21:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi all

Due to restrictions I won't go into, we operate SQL Server 2008 Express in our company. We are due to receive a large backup (35-40gb) of a SQL Server 2005 database. We need to interrogate it in order to obtain some key data.

We all know the 4gb limitation that 2008 Express has in place, so I need to find a way of extracting the backup.

My thought was perhaps to install the Enterprise Trial version - 180 days would be more than enough time to get what we need. Can this be installed side-by-side next to SQL Server Express? Workstations are in short supply here too, so finding an alternative desktop to install on would be difficult.

Failing that can I perhaps do something similar to an openrowset on the MDF file, or is there a method of importing a BAK into MySQL or another opensource database package...?

Any thoughts anyone can offer would be most appreciated!

robvolk
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Posted - 02/26/2014 :  06:59:33  Show Profile  Visit robvolk's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yes you can install Enterprise Trial side-by-side, you may have to install it as a named instance though.
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