Check Internal Version of a .MDF FilePosted: April 12, 2017
When you have a detached .MDF file, you want to check the version number without modifying it. You can use a powershell script as below.
If you want to use the same script for a live database file, you need to take the database offline first.
get-content -Encoding Byte "E:\MSSQL\testcs.mdf" | select-object -skip 0x12064 -first 2 84 3 PS H:> 3*256+64 852 ## SQL Server 2016 SP1