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Recently, we migrated a DB from a 2008 SQL Server instance to a 2016 SQL Server Instance.
I need to scrape this new instance and I am curious as to the best path forward. All the objects have the same names, its just that the box that everything sits on is different. Do I need to just delete that whole data source in Connect? I am worried that I am going to lose my metadata around those tables.
I understand how to pull the new instance, just don't want to break the actual Connect instance.
In which case the new db will be loaded into the Connect catalogue as a new asset.
The Connect asset ID is created as a hash of concatenaded values - eg hostname/IP, schema name, table name, column name so if your new database is hosted on a different server, the asset will be given a new ID.
As for the metadata you may have entered manually for the old database, this can be exported from Connect as an XLS file, remapped to the new db and re-imported so nothing is lost.