Are the older installations of Microsoft SQL Server needed after you installed Server 2012?
I’ve been doing some cleaning and noticed I’ve a whole list of SQL Server installation.
When I installed Server 2012, I clicked the upgrading option but previous versions are still present. I’m guessing they are needed but I want to be sure.
This is a hard question. Many of us keep the older instance running for some reason or another.
The safe path is, when done with the older stuff, to:
1) Stop and disable the services from the older version
2) Check the search path for the OS, make sure it just references the new SQL Server
That said, I expect it is safe to uninstall the older SQL versions.
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