Firebird is an open source SQL relational database management system that runs on Linux, Windows, and a variety of Unix. The database forked from Borland's open source edition of InterBase in 2000, but since Firebird 1.5 the code has been largely rewritten.
Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system developed by Microsoft.
The conversion of Firebird to SQL Server using Full Convert is simple and has to do a few quick steps:
When we start Full Convert, you will notice a welcome panel with links for common tasks. Let's start a new conversion.
Click the Create new conversion link or click the New button in the ribbon above.
Initial screen shows you that Full Convert will automatically detect your database if you don't know which one do you have. Of course, if you do know your database, do select it from the list on the left.
We will choose Firebird from the list of available database formats.
In the server field we need to type the name or IP address of the Firebird server. If you have Firebird installed on the local machine, where Full Convert is running, you can leave the server field blank. Username and password we don't need to touch in most cases as Full Convert pre-fills the "magic" values which opens all Firebird databases.
If Firebird is on this machine, we can now simply click ellipsis (...) button to select FDB database file. If the file is on remote machine, you need to type the path to the file as remote server sees it. So, if the file is in C:\t\ folder on your server, you need to write the full path, for example: C:\t\filename.FDB.
List on the left shows all the databases which can be filled with your source database data. Select the one you need and fill-in required parameters.
From the list of available target database engines, we'll choose SQL Server. Depending on the SQL Server installation, we need to specify the server name, or server\instance name in the Server field. Note: for SQL Server Express, instance is required, like this: servername\SQLEXPRESS
We have Windows authentication here, so all we need to do is select our desired database from the drop-down list.
We will select all source tables for conversion by default. In case you only need some tables, simply deselect the ones you don't need - or deselect all, then select just the tables you do need.
Here you can see how many tables will be converted. To start conversion right away, click on the Convert! button. To show contents of target database without converting, click on the Explore button. Use that to inspect target database prior to conversion, or to save the conversion project for later before even converting the first time.
Click the Convert! button to get started.
Conversion is highly-optimized to run as fast as possible, yet provides top-notch reliability. Huge tables are converted in small chunks at a time, preserving memory and ensuring that your computer stays fast and responsive.
Here you will see basic conversion statistics, such as number of tables and records copied to target database.
If there were any warnings or errors during conversion, you will be able to examine them in detail.
Finally, complete SQL log is available for you if you need it. This feature can be enabled in options dialog.
This small tutorial shows how easy it is to convert Firebird to SQL Server using Full Convert Enterprise.
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