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Purchased 2017 Standard - need to install 2014 RRS feed

  • Question

  • We are provisioning a server for a customer and have purchased SQL Standard 2017 Core Edition. The customer has just asked us to install 2014 instead, as they cannot upgrade their database version yet.

    I think there are downgrade rights to 2014 but will I need to purchase a downgrade kit with a license key or is it a keyless installation?

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019 10:12 AM

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  • You have downgrade rights only in some situations, see http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/8/9/68964284-864d-4a6d-aed9-f2c1f8f23e14/Downgrade_Rights.pdf

    Why 2014, you can install SQL Server 2017 and run the database in 2014 compatibility mode?


    Olaf Helper

    [ Blog] [ Xing] [ MVP]

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019 10:37 AM
  • I have asked the developers why we can't do as you mentioned and I'm waiting for their reply, but we've discovered that they do support 2016, so we could at least downgrade by only 1 version.
    Tuesday, October 15, 2019 11:06 AM
  • Hi Turncloud,

    If you want to downgrade SQL server 2017 standard to SQL server 2014 standard, you need SQL server 2014 setup media and SQL server 2014 standard license key.  Then migrate databases. But if you want to get detailed information about SQL server downgrade rights for licensing, I suggest you consult professionals in this area. Please call 1-800-426-9400, Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. (Pacific Time) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist. For international customers, please use the Guide to Worldwide Microsoft Licensing Sites to find contact information in your locations. If I misunderstood your issue, please let me know.

    Best regards,
    Cathy 

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    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 3:46 AM
  • Hi Turncloud,

    Did you resolve your issue? If you have resolved your issue, please mark the useful reply as answer. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

    In addition, if you have another questions, please feel free to ask.
    Thanks for your contribution.

    Best regards,
    Cathy 


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    Monday, October 21, 2019 7:52 AM
  • I'm sorry, I'm not going to mark a reply of "call Microsoft" as an answer. The question is fairly clear - I know that there are downgrade rights from 2017 to 2016 - it's a case of how do I access them when I'm holding a new copy of 2017 in my hand. Do I have to purchase a 2016 downgrade kit and if so, could someone give me a part number for that. I realise that I initially asked about 2014 but in my reply of 15th Oct I said we could go to 2016.

    Monday, October 21, 2019 8:14 AM
  • When you can use SQL Server 2016, then why not 2017?

    No one from the community can give you a license key.


    Olaf Helper

    [ Blog] [ Xing] [ MVP]

    Monday, October 21, 2019 8:58 AM
  • Hi - I am not specifying that we install 2016, the application provider are. I would gladly use 2017.

    I'm not asking for someone to give me a license key - just to answer what the process is, to achieve the downgrade..

    Monday, October 21, 2019 11:01 AM
  • I'm not asking for someone to give me a license key - just to answer what the process is, to achieve the downgrade..

    And this is a technical forum, not a forum for how to get licenses.

    From a technical standpoint, I believe that you can just install. The license is a piece of paper, and I can't imagine that you would have to pay for the downgrade. But if you really want to have your rear parts clean in case of a licensing audit, you will need to talk to licensing people at Microsoft, and they don't have around in this forum.


    Erland Sommarskog, SQL Server MVP, esquel@sommarskog.se

    Monday, October 21, 2019 10:07 PM