Evaluation Edition works for 180 days from the date of installation. Thus, it’s very import for me to know when it is going to stop working
There are three ways to get this information,
Open the Management Studio, click on the "Help" of Menu Bar and then on "About". In the new window you will see some thing like this:
Note: This assumes that you installed SSMS along with Engine as part of the same install.
You can check the windows installer for the SQL Product code to pull out the install date
In registry look under,
- The "InstallDate" key will have the date stored in YYYYMMDD
- For SQL 2008 you can search for "Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Engine Services" to get the correct GUID.
- For SQL 2005 you can search for "Microsoft SQL Server 2005" only to get the correct GUID
Get this via following TSQL Script
SELECT create_date as 'SQL Server Install Date', DATEADD(dd,180,create_date) as 'Will Stop Working ON' FROM sys.server_principals WHERE name='NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM'