SQL Server Data Portability

The Microsoft SQL Server Data Portability documentation explains the various mechanisms by which user-created data in SQL Server can be extracted for use in other software products. These mechanisms include import/export functionality, documented APIs, industry-standard formats, and documented data structures and file formats.

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SQL Server Data Portability Technical Documents

Provides detailed technical documents about the import/export functionality by which user-created data in SQL Server can be extracted for use in other software products.


SQL Server File Formats Technical Documents

Provides detailed technical specifications for SQL Server file formats that are used to create documents.

Forums and Blogs


Open Specifications Forums

These MSDN user forums are available to answer technical questions about the Open Specifications documents.


Open Specifications Blogs

These blogs, authored by the engineers who support the Open Specifications documents, provide a different venue for further discussion of those documents.

What’s New and Changed

What's New and Changed lists the SQL Server Data Portability documents that fall into the new and updated categories.

Important To download a .zip file that contains the SQL Server Data Portability documentation in PDF format, including both changed and unchanged documents, see SQL Server Data Portability Documents.

Preview Documents

From time to time, Microsoft may publish a preview, or pre-release, version of an Open Specifications technical document for community review and feedback. To provide feedback for a preview version of a technical document, please follow the instructions for that document, if provided. Otherwise, you can provide feedback by using the Open Specification Forums.

The preview period for a technical document varies. Additionally, not every technical document will be published for preview.

After the preview period, the technical document is published to the appropriate location in the Open Specifications MSDN Library.

Preview Documents lists the current preview, or pre-release, documents.


SQL Server Data Portability PDF.zip file (30+ MB)

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