Can you restore a SQL 2014 database to SQL 2008?
Consequently, can you restore a SQL 2008 database to SQL 2016?
The first step is to take a backup from the SQL Server 2008 database, copy it to a drive in the SQL Server 2016 instance, and restore the database. After it has been restored, we see the following output messages: Database 'test' running the upgrade step from version 851 to version 852.
Similarly, can I restore a SQL 2014 database to SQL 2012? You only have option to move database objects and data from SQL Server 2014 to 2012. No it would not be new version of 2012 but new version of SQL Server 2014. If you don't want to follow above method then yes you would have to install new SQL Server 2014 server and then you can restore database on it.
Similarly one may ask, can I restore a SQL 2012 backup to SQL 2008?
Ideally, there is no way you can restore MS SQL Server 2012 database to SQL Server 2008 even if the database was in a compatibility mode matching the lower version. Regardless of the compatibility mode chosen, SQL Server 2012 database is still a 2012 database internally.
How do I restore a SQL Server database to a lower version?
Steps to Migrate SQL Server Database to Lower Version Launch Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) and Go to Object Explorer. Select the desired database and right-click on it. Generate and Publish Scripts wizard will be opened. Click on Next on Summary Page after review the selections made.