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Restoring a SQL Server 2000 Backup in 2024

Randolph West turns back the clock:

Problem statement: I have a SQL Server 2000 database backup that I need to restore to a supported version of SQL Server (preferably SQL Server 2022). How do I do that?

Read on for Randolph’s answer on how to do this. Pre-2008, things may get a little shaky, as that’s back when Microsoft really deprecated functionality. So even if you do restore a backup using this technique, I do wonder what happens if you were using a deprecated datatype like NTEXT or TIMESTAMP. As of SQL Server 2022, those are still in the product, so I don’t have a good example so much as a bit of niggling paranoia.