How To restore to lower SQL Server version

11 June,2014 by Jack Vamvas

Question: I need to restore a SQL Server database  to a lower version . The current database is on a SQL Server 2008 R2 (10.50.1600) and would like to restore to a SQL Server 2008 (10.0.4000). Is this possible and what techniques can I use?

Answer: It is possible to export  a SQL Server 2008 R2 database to SQL Server 2008 server but you cannot RESTORE or ATTACH a database from a higher version onto a lower version SQL Server.

Method 1 : Export the data from the SQL Server 2008 R2 server and import on the SQL Server 2008 server

Method 2 :  Use the COPY  DATABASE feature: Find by right clicking the source database > Tasks> Copy Database...... Follow the Copy Database  wizard

Method 3: Generate scripts: Script structure and data using SSMS. The added complication is the order of execution. Object scripts are not number ordered therefore you’ll need to manage the dependencies. A  very large database requires planning.

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Author: Jack Vamvas (http://www.sqlserver-dba.com)


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