I am creating log shipping for two databases, db1 and db2. It will be from SQL Server 2008 r2 to newer version, SQL Server 2012

On the SQL 2008R2, they are both dbi_version = 661:

GO DBCC PAGE (db1, 1, 9, 3); GO DBCC TRACEOFF (3604);

I restore them in standby mode:

RESTORE DATABASE db1 FROM DISK = 'Q:\db1.bak' WITH STANDBY = N'R:\SQLLog\db1.undo'

One of them restores ok, with upgrade, and another one is giving me error:

“This backup cannot be restored using WITH STANDBY because a database upgrade is needed. Reissue the RESTORE without WITH STANDBY.“


WITH STANDBY is only supported when both SQL Servers are the same version.

You can only use WITH NORECOVERY

An alternative if you need read access to the destination databases, is to use replication.

  • 8 databases were restored with standby and only two gave me an error. We will continue to use 8 unsupported databases WITH STANDBY and other two will be WITH NORECOVERY. And if one of 8 unsupported databases in a future will error out, we would set replication. – ob213 Dec 16 '13 at 16:32

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