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Restore DB backup from Enterprise Edition to Standard Edition


Restore DB backup from Enterprise Edition to Standard Edition

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i have my production database on SQL 2000 Enterprise Edition.

Now to test one of the component, i need to restore the backup to another server. To save on the cost, we have been given SQL 2000 Standard Edition ( not the enterprise Edition).

Can i restore the prod db backup (SQL 2000 Ent) to Dev Box ( SQL 2000 Std).
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Can i restore the prod db backup (SQL 2000 Ent) to Dev Box ( SQL 2000 Std).


If both SQL Servers are on the same level version, yes.
If your source SQL Server is on a newer Service Pack level, your destination needs to be the same.
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Henrico Bekker (1/11/2011)
If your source SQL Server is on a newer Service Pack level, your destination needs to be the same.


You can, in the vast majority of cases, restore from a higher service pack number to a lower, providing the two servers are the same major version. ie SQL 2000 SP4 -> SQL 2000 SP2 is fine. SQL 2005 -> SQL 2000 is not ok.

The exception is SQL 2005 SP2 to lower service packs of SQL 2005 if vardecimal storage has been enabled.

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Henrico Bekker (1/11/2011)
If your source SQL Server is on a newer Service Pack level, your destination needs to be the same.


You can, in the vast majority of cases, restore from a higher service pack number to a lower, providing the two servers are the same major version. ie SQL 2000 SP4 -> SQL 2000 SP2 is fine. SQL 2005 -> SQL 2000 is not ok.

The exception is SQL 2005 SP2 to lower service packs of SQL 2005 if vardecimal storage has been enabled.


Thanx for clearing that up Gail.
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I find this very surprising, that one can restore a DB created on an Enterprise server onto a Standard server, even if both are at the exact same version and service pack.

I wondered about the usage of features that are Enterprise only.
I found this in Brent Ozar's 60-Minute Blitz script:
/*
Are any of the databases using features that are Enterprise Edition only?
If a database is using something like partitioning, compression, or
Transparent Data Encryption, then I won't be able to restore it onto a
Standard Edition server.
*/
EXEC dbo.sp_MSforeachdb 'SELECT ''[?]'' AS DatabaseName, * FROM [?].sys.dm_db_persisted_sku_features'

I have to go find a copy of the SQL Server 2008 standard edition and test it.
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Providing you're not using the persistent Enterprise-only features (partitioning, compression, TDE), an Enterprise edition DB can even be restored to Express (if small enough). Most of the time you can go up and down the editions without problem.

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Hi Gail,

Many thanks for the prompt reply. I am surprised (and happy) to learn it and I look forward to trying it out on an Express-Instance.

Sean.
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FYI, you cannot go from Enterprise 2012 -> [?] 2012 if the Enterprise DB has vardecimal or compression as neither of these are supported in the lower versions of 2012 SQL.
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chetanr.jain (1/10/2011)
Team,
i have my production database on SQL 2000 Enterprise Edition.

Now to test one of the component, i need to restore the backup to another server. To save on the cost, we have been given SQL 2000 Standard Edition ( not the enterprise Edition).

Can i restore the prod db backup (SQL 2000 Ent) to Dev Box ( SQL 2000 Std).


If you are only doing testing/development, you would be better of with Developer Edition, since it has all of the features of Enterprise Edition, and costs less than Standard Edition.
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Please note: year old thread.

Gail Shaw
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