How to fix error - The database cannot be opened because it is version 852. This server supports version 706 and earlier

23 September,2019 by Jack Vamvas

Question:A vendor sent me some detached MDF files from a SQL Server and asked me to attach. I attempted the ATTACH without a log file option and got this error 

The database 'mydb' cannot be opened because it is version 852. This server supports version 706 and earlier. A downgrade path is not supported.

The error message details are obvious i.e attempt to attach a database with a version level higher than the current version of the current SQL Server. The SQL error message says the current server is version 706 and attempting to connect a database of version 852.

Answer:These numbers represent the internal database version of the SQL Server. Each SQL Server version a unique internal database version number. 

In this case - version 706 = SQL Server 2012        and   version 852 = SQL Server version. 

How do you recover the database objects in this situation ? There are three options in  How To restore to lower SQL Server version

Do you have any other tips on how to restore a database to a lower version?   Leave your comments below 

 

 

 

 


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


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