Downgrade SQL Server 2019 licenses to SQL Server 2017

MariaJ 21 Reputation points


I need to install the SQL server on a Windows Server 2012 ( compatible with SQL server 2017 as latest version),
but I´ve got SQL server 2019 licenses from our supplier, is there anyway to downgrade the licenses?.


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  1. CarrinWu-MSFT 6,841 Reputation points

    Hi @MariaJ ,

    Welcome to Microsoft Q&A!

    When using version downgrade or cross edition deployment rights, the product use rights for the
    originally licensed version and edition still apply.

    Please get more infromation from Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Licensing guid. 96089-sql-server-2019-licensing-guide.pdf

    And also ,you could consult professionals. Please call 1-800-426-9400, Monday to Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. (Pacific Time) to directly speak to a Microsoft licensing specialist. For international customers, please use the to find contact information. Or you could get help from Volume Licensing Service Center support.

    Best regards,

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  1. Erland Sommarskog 98,811 Reputation points

    As far as I know, you can install SQL 2017 for you SQL 2019 license. Note that the license is not asked for at the installation. You only need the paper if you are license-audited.

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