The backend version is not supported to design database diagrams or tables

This is commonly reported as an error due to using the wrong version of SSMS(Sql Server Management Studio). Use the version designed for your database version. You can use the command select @@version to check which version of sql server you are actually using. This version is reported in a way that is easier to interpret than that shown in the Help About in SSMS.

Using a newer version of SSMS than your database is generally error-free, i.e. backward compatible.

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