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I have a BCM database that is currently running on a Windows 2003 server with SQL 2005. I would like to share this to Office 2007 and office 2010 clients. Would it be possible to upgrade the server to SQL 2008 and share the BCM database with Office 2007 and Office 2010 clients?
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by:Berkson Wein
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I don't know that you need to update the server to SQL2k8.  

However, according to this article: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bcm/archive/2009/11/30/upgrading-to-business-contact-manager-2010-beta.aspx you will need to update the format to BCM 2010 to work with Outlook 2010.  I don't think that's going to allow 2007 to access it though.

When you have a dedicated computer (server) without Office and BCM installed hosting a previous version of BCM database, you’ll need to upgrade the database to BCM 2010 format

Hope this helps.
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by:KR31D3R
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It sounds like office 2007 and office 2010 can not connect to the same BCM database. I am not sure why SQL 2008 would not be backwards compatible to support BCM 2007 as well.
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Berkson Wein earned 2000 total points
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I'm not a BCM expert (we use exchange instead), but as I understand it, it's not the server itself that matters that much, it's the format of the database (column names, etc) that is important.
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