I am trying to a restore a SQL Server from a .bak file and always get the same error :

The database was backed up on a server running version 15.00.2000. That version is incompatible with this server, which is running version 15.00.2000.

I have already seen the issue in Stackoverflow but I'm struggling because the versions here are the same ..

I am using SSMS and I already tried restoring to a SQL Server 2017, to the latest Cumulative update of SQL Server 2019 and to the first SP of SQL Server 2019. Wondering if I am missing something (configuration, code, ..) in SSMS to make it work.

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    Possibly related: blog.sqlauthority.com/2020/01/03/… Are you using Azure Managed Instances?
    – Doug Deden
    Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 16:45
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    Yeah, if backup was on Managed Instance, it cannot be restored to on-prem. BACKPAC is what is supported going from MI to on-prem. Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 17:57
  • You are correct that you cannot restore from Managed Instance to an on-prem version, but I think MI's still report their version as 12.0.20000; although they support just about every 2019 feature. Commented Jul 28, 2020 at 12:24

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Restoring it on SQL MI rather than Azure SQL DB or SQL Server worked perfectly


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