SQL Server “Denali” CTP1 Expired…

Today when I started using SQL Server “Denali” CTP1 Management Studio, I wasn’t able to connect to the SQL Server, When I checked the SQL Server Service it wasn’t running.

I opened Event Viewer and checked the System Logs


This error message wasn’t much helpful in identifying the issue, so I opened

C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\Log folder and opened ERRORLOG file in NotePad++ to find out the error caused in the startup and found this error information


2011-05-23 20:50:54.33 Server      Microsoft SQL Server "Denali" (CTP1) – 11.0.1103.9 (X64)
    Sep 24 2010 21:52:29
    Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation
    Enterprise Evaluation Edition (64-bit) on Windows NT 6.1 <X64> (Build 7601: Service Pack 1) (Hypervisor)

2011-05-23 20:50:54.33 Server      (c) Microsoft Corporation.
2011-05-23 20:50:54.33 Server      All rights reserved.
2011-05-23 20:50:54.33 Server      Server process ID is 1360.
2011-05-23 20:50:54.33 Server      System Manufacturer: ‘VMware, Inc.’, System Model: ‘VMware Virtual Platform’.
2011-05-23 20:50:54.33 Server      Authentication mode is MIXED.
2011-05-23 20:50:54.33 Server      Logging SQL Server messages in file ‘C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\Log\ERRORLOG’.
2011-05-23 20:50:54.33 Server      Registry startup parameters:
     -d C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\DATA\master.mdf
     -e C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\Log\ERRORLOG
     -l C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\DATA\mastlog.ldf
2011-05-23 20:50:54.69 Server      Error: 17051, Severity: 16, State: 1. (Params:). The error is printed in terse mode because there was error during formatting. Tracing, ETW, notifications etc are skipped.

I searched for this Error but couldn’t find anything useful to fix the issue

Then I went back to look for older ErrorLog from last week and found this

2011-05-12 22:31:20.77 Server      The evaluation period for your edition of SQL Server expires in 5 day(s).

I then checked “Application Logs” under Event Viewer and found this


Now I understood why the SQL Server service is not starting, but still couldn’t understand why this information is not logged in Today’ ErrorLog

I think it will be better to have separate Event Log for SQL Server so that we can easily view SQL Server related events.

Please post your feedback and comments !!!


Author: Arunraj

I am a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (Database Developer). I work on SQL Server programming since SQL Server 7.0 specializes in SQL Server Programming and Performance Tuning and has 14 years of hands-on experience. I hold a Master Degree in Computer Applications. I am also part of NJSQL User Group and Northern New Jersey .Net User Group.

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