I'm trying to create an index on table [Children] in SQL Azure but get the following error:

The operation failed because an index or statistics with name 'IX_Children_ParentID' already exists on table 'Children'.

As far as I can see there's no index or statistics with this name. The following command returned zero results so there shouldn't be any indexes or statistics. Is that correct?

SELECT object_id, name FROM sys.stats WHERE name = 'IX_Children_ParentID'
SELECT object_id, name FROM sys.indexes WHERE name = 'IX_Children_ParentID'

UPDATE: Changed the query in response to @Shark's anwer.

My SQL command for creating the index:

ON [myschema].[Children]
    [ParentID] DESC

Before this error occurred I had problems with timeouts while creating the index. Could this be caused by some remnants?

  • What is the DDL for the Children table? What is the PK defined as? – SQLRockstar Apr 2 '12 at 15:52

The catalog view sys.all_objects won't show nonclustered indexes. Here's the query you should be using:

    object_name(object_id) as table_name, 
    name as index_name
from sys.indexes
where name = 'IX_Children_ParentID'

Or to get all of the indexes for that table:

    object_name(object_id) as table_name, 
    name as index_name
from sys.indexes
where object_name(object_id) = 'Children'
  • Thanks. Still there's no indexes in the result (I've queried sys.stats as well). The SQL Server Management Studio isn't showing any index or statistics in the GUI either. – Jonas Stensved Apr 2 '12 at 13:48
  • Check for unique constraints or PK's named like that (IX_Children_ParentID). – Marian Apr 2 '12 at 14:01
  • @Marian, yes of course. I posted this question just because I can't find the cause of it. – Jonas Stensved Apr 2 '12 at 14:06
  • @JonasStensved What was the result set of my second query that retrieves all indexes for that table? – Thomas Stringer Apr 2 '12 at 14:20
  • @Shark, just the primary key; [PK_Children] – Jonas Stensved Apr 2 '12 at 14:32

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