Determining the version of SQL server from TSQL

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The question came up as to which version of sql server is being run, and how do you determine the exact version number of the SQL server. Here is what I have come up with. From TSQL if you are connected to the SQL Server, you can run the following command:

SELECT 'SQL Server ' + CAST(SERVERPROPERTY('productversion') AS VARCHAR) + ' - ' + CAST(SERVERPROPERTY('productlevel') AS VARCHAR) + ' (' + CAST(SERVERPROPERTY('edition') AS VARCHAR) + ')'

which should return something like the following:

SQL Server 9.00.4035.00 – SP3 (Standard Edition (64-bit))
or
SQL Server 10.0.2531.0 – SP1 (Enterprise Edition (64-bit))

Another way to do it is just

SELECT @@VERION;

Which will return something like this

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (SP1) – 10.0.2531.0 (X64) Mar 29 2009 10:11:52 Copyright (c) 1988-2008 Microsoft Corporation Enterprise Edition (64-bit) on Windows NT 6.1 <X64> (Build 7601: Service Pack 1)

Additionally if you are at the command prompt on the SQL server itself, you can run the following command:

osql -E -q”SELECT @@VERSION”

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