4 votesAndrew Toi commented
I have been able to verify this behaviour in all versions from SQL2008 thru 2019 CTP2.1 and SQLMI
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53 votesunplanned · AdminSQL Database feature voting forum admins (Product Owner, Microsoft Azure) responded
Thanks for the feedback.
We assume that you are talking about ability to restore native backup (.bak files) taken from SQL MI to SQL Server 2017/2019.
It’s a tough one unfortunately. Native backup contains binary data, and never been backwards compatible. E.g. you can’t restore backup from SQL 2012 on SQL 2008. Same logic applies here.
SQL MI gets updates faster SQL Server, as soon we check-in code, it gets deployed with the next wave of updates on Azure. Same as SQL DB.
Theoretically if you take backup of SQL MI now, and wait until SQL Server version release catch up, then you will be able to restore it.
Can you please let us know what kind of issues with BACPAC you are encountering?
Also, you can consider making transaction replication from SQL MI on on-prem as a way to move data around.