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Restoring a database from higher version to lower version SQL server

Restoring a database from higher version to lower version SQL server

How to downgrade a database from higher version to lower version?

There is no direct way to do this like Backup/Restore. You can use an alternative ways.

The alternative ways are,

 

1. Generate Script

2. Import/Export

3. Transaction replication

You may use the alternative ways. It depends upon your environment.

Restore errors

A backup has taken from higher version (SQL 2008/2005)

BACKUP DATABASE dba_test TO DISK='E:\mu\dba_2008.bak'

Restore the backup to lower version (SQL 2005/2000)

 

RESTORE FILELISTONLY FROM DISK ='E:\mu\dba_2008.bak'

 

Restore error from SQL server 2005 to SQL server 2000

Server: Msg 3205, Level 16, State 2, Line 1

Too many backup devices specified for backup or restore; only 64 are allowed.

Server: Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 1

RESTORE FILELIST is terminating abnormally.

 

Restore error from SQL server 2008 to SQL server 2005

Msg 3241, Level 16, State 7, Line 1

The media family on device ‘E:\mu\dba_2008.bak’ is incorrectly formed. SQL Server cannot process this media family.

Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 1

RESTORE FILELIST is terminating abnormally.

 

1. Generate Script with data 2008

2. Import/Export

Right click the database–> Tasks–> Export data–> Next–> choose the data source –>

Click next –> Finish

3. Transaction replication

I hope this article will help someone.

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