How to restore SQL Server 2012 database on SQL Server 2008 R2

Restoring Backups of SQL Server 2012 databases on SQL Server 2008 R2 

Applies to:

  • SQL Server 2012
  • SQL Server 2008 R2

Generating Scripts For SQL Server 2012 in compatibility mode for SQL Server 2008 R2

For taking backup:

  1. Open SQL Server Management Studio
  2. Go to specific database whose backup is to be taken
  3. Right Click, Go to "Tasks" >> "Generate Scripts"
  4. In "Set Scripting Options", click on "Advanced"
  5. Select "Script For Server Version" as "SQL Server 2008 R2"
  6. Select "Types Of Data To Script" as "Schema And Data"
  7. Generate Scripts

For Restoration:

  1. Login to your database on server using the SQL Server Management Studio 
  2. Click on New Query 
  3. Run the script from there, It will restore data with schema on SQL Server 2008 R2
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