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Is it possible to use SQL Server Native Clients from previous SQL Server releases (e.g. SQL Server 2008 R2 Natice Client) to connect SQL Server 2012 database?

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Yes, although it's possible that some new functionality might not be supported by the older client. We have a number of programs using the 2008 Native Client to connect to 2012, and haven't observed any problems.

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