i am trying to set my defaults column Y or N based on membershipType column. There can be only one Y in defaults column based on the 3 different value in membershipType column. Other than that, others will be N. How do i do it?

ID  titlePromo   membershipType         defaults
--  ----------   --------------         ------
1    Promo 1     Membership Promotion      Y
2    Promo 2     Membership Renewal        Y
3    Promo 3     Membership Grad           Y
4    Promo 4     Membership Promotion      N
5    Promo 5     Membership Promotion      N
6    Promo 6     Membership Grad           N

1 Answer 1


Use a unique filtered index.

ON dbo.Promotions(membershipType)
WHERE defaults = 'Y';

This stops there being a second row with defaults='Y' of the same membershipType.

  • an error occur : The CREATE UNIQUE INDEX statement terminated because a duplicate key was found for the object name 'dbo.Promotions' and the index name 'uixDefault'. The duplicate key value is (Membership Promotion ). The statement has been terminated.
    – lel
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 8:13
  • my table name is dbo.Promotions
    – lel
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 8:14
  • 1
    Do you have multiple rows with "Membership Promotion", that have Y?
    – Rob Farley
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 8:15
  • oh my fault, there are duplicates of y in same promotion type. It works thanks!
    – lel
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 8:19
  • No worries. Happy to help. :)
    – Rob Farley
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 8:19

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