Is it possible to export bacpac file from SQL SERVER 2008 (running 10.50.6220)? I can only see option for dacpac.

  • SQL Server v10.50.x is SQL Server 2008 R2 (not 2008 ....) – marc_s Apr 27 '17 at 19:46

You can use Sql Database Migration Wizard or command line tool sqlpackage.exe for creating .bacpac file for SQL Server 2008.

Download + documentation for SQL Database Migration wizard:


This is from Migration Wizard page, which mentions about supporting SQL Server 2008 version. Though in the download links it only starts from SQL Server 2008 R2 but I would give that a try. I have not tested anything below SQL Server 2012.

SQL Database Migration Wizard (SQLAzureMW) is designed to help you migrate your SQL Server 2005/2008/2012/2014 databases to Azure SQL Database.

How to use sqlpackage.exe?


There is a step by step guide about using these tools.

  • I am glad that it worked. Thanks for letting me know. Do you mind accept as an answer? – SqlWorldWide Apr 26 '17 at 9:35

AS per MSDN BOL Here The fidelity limitations in the DAC Framework data deployment engine in SQL Server 2012 SP1. The limitations apply to the following DAC Framework actions: deploy or publish a .dacpac file, and import a .bacpac file.

For further ref https://stackoverflow.com/questions/7847189/azure-sql-database-bacpac-local-restore

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