restoring different versions of sql backups

Hello i was given a backup created on sql version 10.50.2500.0 from an outside consultant, it is a sql native backup
I need to restore on to sql version 10.0.5500.0

how do you achieve that without errors.
Amanda WalshawBusiness Solutions AnalsystAsked:
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DcpKingConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I don't think you can - you have a 2008R2 backup and that won't be compatible with 2008.

I would suggest that you obtain a copy of SQL Server 2008R2 Developer Edition (retail is about $50 on Amazon). Restore the database there, and then use SSIS to move the data, etc., over to 2008.

hth

Mike
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DBAduck - Ben MillerPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
You cannot restore backwards.  You can restore forward, but that is all.

10.0 can restore to 10.5 but 10.5 cannot restore to 10.0.

Sorry.
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Amanda WalshawBusiness Solutions AnalsystAuthor Commented:
Thanks I have decided to use siss to export the data out into excel then import into the newly created database.
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DcpKingCommented:
Aah. So you still have access to the 2008R2 database? You said at the start that you only had a .BAK file.

I would suggest that you use .csv rather than Excel - it's much easier to work with because Excel insists on being Unicode (i.e. nvarchar instead of varchar, etc). You'll also find, when using SSIS and Excel, that you will need to go into the configuration of the solution (right click and select Properties) and find the 64-bit runtime setting and turn it off - there are only 32-bit jet engines for Excel.

hth

Mike
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