SQL SERVER – Fix: Error: Compatibility Level Drop Down is Empty

I currently have SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2014 both installed on the same machine. My job requires me to travel a lot and I like to travel light. Hence, I have only one computer with all the software installed in it. I can install Virtual Machines but as I was able to install SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2014 side by side, I just went ahead with that option.

Now one day when I opened up my SQL Server 2014 and went to the properties of the my database, I realized that the dropdown box for Compatibility level is empty. I just can’t select anything there or see what is the current Compatibility level of the database. This was the first time for me so I was bit confused and I tried to search online. Upon searching online I realize that if I was not the first, there are very few questions on this subject on various forums as well as there is no convincing answer to this problem online. That means, I was pretty much first one to face this error.

See the image of the situation I was facing.

Now I decided to resolve this issue as soon as I can. I spent a few minutes here and there and realize my mistake.

I had connected to SQL Server 2014 instance from SQL Server 2012 Management Studio. Hence, I was not able to see any compatibility related settings. Once I connected to SQL Server 2014 instance with SQL Server 2014 Management Studio – this issue was resolved.

Well, simple things sometimes keep us very busy.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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2 thoughts on “SQL SERVER – Fix: Error: Compatibility Level Drop Down is Empty

  1. It’s funny how one little inconsistency can produce completely unexpected and strange results. Thanks for sharing. That is something I’ll keep in mind as I just installed 2014 on a couple of my machines.

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