This Saturday, July 22nd at 8PM MDT we will be performing and upgrade of our SQL Server system to SQL Server 2016. This has been a heavily requested update and we know many customers will be very pleased to see this announcement! We are allocating 2 hours for this upgrade to allow for any issues that may come up. During this time, any websites or external / 3rd party systems that rely on our SQL Server system will be unavailable. We highly recommend that all customers create and download a backup of their databases before this upgrade is performed.
Please note that if you still use the 2014 version of the SQL Server Management Studio application, you will need to upgrade to the 2016 or newer release. Older versions of the application cannot connect to newer versions of SQL Server. We recommend that customers that rely on this application download the 17.1 release of SSMS by visiting this link https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/ssms/download-sql-server-management-studio-ssms – This version will allow you to connect to SQL Server 2008 – 2017 and supports Windows 7 (SP1), 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 as well as Server 2008 R2, 2012 R2 and Server 2016 (64-bit versions only).
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Update (10:30PM MDT): We are still working to update the SQL Server system at this time. We should have the system online by midnight (12AM MDT).
Update #2 (12:30AM MDT): SQL Server 2016 upgrade is nearly complete. Once done, we will swap the IPs between the servers and bring the new instance online.
Update #3 Final: All updates and configurations have been now completed. We are on SQL Server 2016 SP1 (13.0.4435.0) version. Server is stable and will not be restarted again any time soon. Enjoy!
Thank you for your patience!