Entity Framework – Change the SQL database version

Sometime development of ASP.Net websites using the Entity Framework can hit errors, like “System.ArgumentException: The version
of SQL Server in use does not support datatype ‘datetime2′”. This is caused when the EF is setup / configured to run on one version of SQL and is now running against a different version of SQL.

This can be fixed by following these steps:

1. Edit the EF Model XML. This is done by right clicking on the *.edmx file in visual studio and selecting to open wth “XML Editor”.

2. Change the <Schema details and in particular the following attributes

  • ProviderManifestToken” – 2008, 2005, 2012 (SQL version)
  • “Provider”  – “System.Data.SqlClient”,  “System.Xml” (provider type)

Remember to reduild the solution to make sure the EF recreates the data access code.



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