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    Apparently so (as per conversation with their techy)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    The lower school down the road was told they must upgrade to SQL2005 and then again to SQL2008 when the time comes. So they just shelled out for 2005 and had it installed on Monday.
    I've just had a word with the chap who sells us our Microsoft licenses: it seems that you don't have to get a School's Agreement to cover all the Microsoft software on all of your machines, you can just cover a single machine. Therefore, the most cost-effective way to license MS SQL for use with SIMS would seem to be via a School'S Agreement, at around 300 per a year for a single server. That's a fixed cost, and means you can upgrade as and when neccesary.

    Also, I get the impression the price increase here is actually the price for the new version of SQL Server, SQL Server 2008 R2, which is due out shortly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    but as stated previously, if they used MYSQL or Postgres, nobody would have to fork out for a new install of SQL Server. Having a Capita engineer out is costly enough as it is, let alone when they are charging on top for installations, and the software!
    To be fair, it's harder to find good PGSQL engineers than it is to find good MS-SQL ones - and refactoring SIMS to work with a different DB engine would be a mammoth task.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattMitchell View Post
    To be fair, it's harder to find good PGSQL engineers than it is to find good MS-SQL ones - and refactoring SIMS to work with a different DB engine would be a mammoth task.
    Capita have good MSSQL engineers? they should loan them to the SIMS team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamman960 View Post
    I'd presume this is also down to MS mainstream support for SQL2005 ending in the next year or so.
    I doubt they will, they will extend it. Lots of people are still on 2005.

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