SQL Server 2019 download

Melanie Sias 0 Reputation points

I currently have SQL Server 2016 but got a db backup from a 2019 server and found that it isn't backwards compatible. I just want to be able to download a copy of SQL Server 2019 that's not an eval copy and would prefer to get it from Microsoft. Can you point me to the location on Microsoft's site

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  1. Marcin Policht 16,170 Reputation points MVP

    You need to purchase the product if you want to use a non-eval edition.


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  2. Erland Sommarskog 103.8K Reputation points MVP

    You can download SQL Server Developer Edition from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-downloads, although this link will give you SQL 2022.

    Developer Edition has all features of Enterprise Edition, but is not licensed for production.

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  3. ZoeHui-MSFT 34,581 Reputation points

    Hi @Melanie Sias

    You may try to downgrade the database from a higher version of SQL Server to a lower version SQL Server.

    These options include:

    • Use the Generate Scripts Wizard in SQL Server Management Studio
    • Use SQL Server Integration Services
    • Create Custom Scripting and BCP

    Please refer to this article: How to migrate a SQL Server database to a lower version


    Zoe Hui

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