Clone a database from SQL Server 2019 to 2017

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I try to clone a database from an Sql Server on my local machine v15 (2019) to a server machine v14(2017). I did a .bak file and when I tried to import on the server side it says:

System.Data.SqlClient.SqlError: The database was backed up on a server
running version 15.00.4083. That version is incompatible with this
server, which is running version 14.00.2037. Either restore the
database on a server that supports the backup, or use a backup that is
compatible with this server. (Microsoft.SqlServer.SmoExtended)

Is there a "compatibility" backup mode on the 14-15 Sql Server versions?

local (on docker, Linux):

Microsoft SQL Server 2019 (RTM-CU8-GDR) (KB4583459) – 15.0.4083.2
(X64) Nov 2 2020 18:35:09 Copyright (C) 2019 Microsoft
Corporation Developer Edition (64-bit) on Linux (Ubuntu 18.04.5 LTS)

distant (on Windows Server)

Microsoft SQL Server 2017 (RTM-GDR) (KB4583456) – 14.0.2037.2 (X64)
Nov 2 2020 19:19:59 Copyright (C) 2017 Microsoft Corporation
Standard Edition (64-bit) on Windows Server 2019 Standard 10.0
(Build 17763: ) (Hypervisor)

How to solve :

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Method 1

Just succeeded to clone the Database, using on local: In the SSMS, right click on the database to export, then Tasks => Export Data-tier Application it creates a bacpac file.
Clone a database from SQL Server 2019 to 2017

Copy the backpac to the distant server, and there in SSMS, right click on the "Databases" folder and then Import Data-tier Application, use the copied backpac file.

It copies the schema and the data as well…

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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