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We placed an order for physical media and CALs when the evaluation expired last week. SSMS said the evaluation had expired, and it would not connect to the database. The package with the CALs has not arrived yet and this morning the SQL Server instance seems to be refusing connections. Is that SQL Server 2012 standard procedure when the evaluation expires? We are getting this error message:
A network-related or instance-specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server. The server was not found or was not accessible. Verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections. (provider: Named Pipes Provider, error: 40 - Could not open a connection to SQL Server)
If this is indeed expiration behavior, is there any way to extend the evaluation temporarily, if only for a couple of days until the package arrives?