This article will guide you on how to determine the database #version or build from a #backup file.
To know what #SQL version a #database is:
The first is by using either Enterprise Manager or SQL Server Management Studio and right clicking on the instance name and selecting Properties. In the general section you will see information such as on the following screenshots. The "Product version" or "Version" gives you a number of the version that is installed.
In order to find the SQL Server version from a bak file:
1. Here is the output returned by the RESTORE HEADERONLY statement. Here you will see a DatabaseVersion column that contains the value.
2. That's how you find out from which version of SQL Server a given backup file came.