Recently, I was tasked with doing an in place upgrade of SQL Server from 2005 to 2008R2. My environment was virtualized so I had the luxury of snapshot’ing the server before I performed the upgrade. This was fortunate, as it took me three tries to be successful. My first attempt failed with the following, non-descript message: “Wait on the Database Engine Recovery handle failed. Check the SQL Server error log for potential causes.” Put that phrase into Google and you’ll… Continue reading
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