"Database cannot be started in this edition of SQL Server" error when restoring a Microsoft Dynamics CRM database

This article provides a resolution for the issue that you can't restore a Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 with Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise edition database to a server with Microsoft SQL Server Standard edition.

Applies to:   Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
Original KB number:   2567984


When trying to restore a Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise database to another server running Microsoft SQL Server Standard, you get the following error:

Restore failed for Server 'SQLServerName'.

Additional information:
An exception occurred while executing a Transact-SQL statement or batch. (Microsoft.SqlServer.ConnectionInfo)
Database 'Org_MSCRM' cannot be started in this edition of SQL Server because it contains a partition function 'AuditPFN'. Only Enterprise edition of SQL Server supports partitioning. Database 'Org_MSCRM' cannot be started because some of the database functionality is not available in the current edition of SQL Server. (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 905)


When Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 is installed using a Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise edition, a partition is created for the auditing functionality of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. The AuditBase table uses partitioning that is only available for Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise.


Use the following Steps and Script to remove the partitioning. The following script recreates all the indexes on the Primary partition and then drops the partition.

Be sure to have a database backup of the 'Org_MSCRM' before performing the following steps.

  1. Restore the 'Org_MSCRM' database to a Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise edition. It is recommended to back up and restore the database instead of running the script on the production database.

  2. Run the following script against the restored database.

    IF Object_id('tempdb..#indexesScript', 'U') IS NOT NULL
      DROP TABLE #indexesScript
               FROM   sys.partition_schemes
               WHERE  NAME = 'AuditPScheme')
          SELECT CASE WHEN ind.type != 1 THEN 'DROP INDEX [dbo].[AuditBase].' +
                 Quotename(ind.NAME) + ' ' ELSE ' ' END + 'CREATE ' + CASE is_unique
                 1 THEN
                 'UNIQUE '
                 ELSE '' END + ind.type_desc + ' INDEX '
                 + Quotename(ind.NAME COLLATE sql_latin1_general_cp1_ci_as )
                 + ' ON [dbo].'
                 + Quotename(Object_name(object_id)) + ' ('
                 + Reverse(Substring(Reverse(( SELECT NAME + CASE WHEN
                 sc.is_descending_key = 1
                 THEN ' DESC' ELSE ' ASC' END + ',' FROM sys.index_columns sc JOIN
                 sys.columns c
                 ON sc.object_id = c.object_id AND sc.column_id = c.column_id WHERE
                 sc.object_id) = 'AuditBase' AND sc.object_id = ind.object_id AND
                 sc.index_id =
                 ind.index_id ORDER BY index_column_id ASC FOR xml path(''))), 2,
                 )) +
                 ')' +
                 CASE WHEN ind.type = 1 THEN
                 ' WITH (DROP_EXISTING = ON) ON [PRIMARY]'
                 ELSE ' '
                 END AS Script
          INTO   #indexesScript
          FROM   sys.indexes ind
                 JOIN sys.partition_schemes ps
                   ON ind.data_space_id = ps.data_space_id
          WHERE  Object_name(object_id) = 'AuditBase'
                 AND ps.NAME = 'AuditPScheme'
                 AND is_unique_constraint = 0
          SELECT *
          FROM   #indexesScript
          DECLARE @recreateScript NVARCHAR(max)
          DECLARE indscript CURSOR FOR
            SELECT script
            FROM   #indexesScript
          OPEN indscript
          FETCH next FROM indscript INTO @recreateScript
          WHILE @@FETCH_STATUS = 0
                BEGIN TRANSACTION t1
                EXECUTE Sp_executesql
                IF @@ERROR > 0
                      ROLLBACK TRAN t1
                      DECLARE @message VARCHAR(max)
                      SET @message = 'Audit history recreate index failed. SQL: '
                                     + @recreateScript
                      RAISERROR (@message,10,1)
                      COMMIT TRAN
                FETCH next FROM indscript INTO @recreateScript
          DROP partition scheme auditpscheme
          DROP partition FUNCTION auditpfn
          CLOSE indscript
          DEALLOCATE indscript
          DROP TABLE #indexesScript
  3. Once the script is complete, you can back up the database and now you should be able to restore the database to a Microsoft SQL Server Standard edition.

More information

The auditing feature is still functional on Microsoft SQL Server Standard edition, however when using the Standard edition the ability to delete an entire partition of the audit history is not available.