An excellent marketing firm out of Fargo, ND, The Partner Channel, offers a useful magazine to partners.  In their most recent magazine, is an article many of you on the Dynamics GP side of our business would find helpful. 

It’s written by a user, not a consultant-but clearly a user that could do consulting work.

He discusses the following 3 options:

1. Upgrading your Current Instance

2. Installing a Side-by-Side Instance

3. New Install on Different Server

These ideas of course would work for Dynamics SL also or any of the Microsoft Dynamics products running on SQL Server such as Dynamics AX, Dynamics NAV, or Dynamics CRM. 

If you are considering this database upgrade, please read the post when you can at http://community.dynamics.com/usergroup/gpug/b/gpugmembertidbits/archive/2011/02/22/3-ways-to-upgrade-sql-2005-for-dynamics-gp.aspx