Before I restore a database, I need to save the contents of a table called dbo.ref_systemSettings if it exists.

So I created a script that calls a procedure that will save the contents of this table in a DBA database, for all databases where this table exists.

That is working fine, but I would like to automate this process, avoiding the copy and paste - see below.

How it works: When I run the following script I get a bunch of scripts to be executed:

-- to save the table dbo.ref_systemSettings in all the databases where it exists
-- just run the generated script below at Radhe
SELECT name, Radhe='exec sp_save ' + '''' 
     + name + '.dbo.ref_systemSettings' + ''''
FROM sys.databases
WHERE OBJECT_ID(name+'.dbo.ref_systemSettings') IS NOT NULL

the query above produce the below: enter image description here

which I copy and paste, in order to run:

exec sp_save 'my_db_01.dbo.ref_systemSettings'
exec sp_save 'my_db_02.dbo.ref_systemSettings'
exec sp_save 'my_db_03.dbo.ref_systemSettings'
exec sp_save 'my_db_04.dbo.ref_systemSettings'

when I run the whole of the query above, all my tables are saved into the DBA database. This is currently working fine.


I would like to eliminate the copy and paste. what could be an effective way to run these scripts, while taking into consideration exception handling, lets say... there is no more space in the DBA database and the table cannot be saved... or any other expection??

2 Answers 2


The result should be stored in a variable and should execute that SQL. It's called dynamic SQL. You can read more about this here


       DECLARE @sql varchar(max)
        SELECT @sql = COALESCE(@sql ,'')+'exec sp_save ' + '''' 
             + name + '.dbo.ref_systemSettings' + ''''+';'
        FROM sys.databases
        WHERE OBJECT_ID(name+'.dbo.ref_systemSettings') IS NOT NULL

        EXEC (@sql)

       END TRY

           DECLARE @ErrorMessage NVARCHAR(4000);  
           DECLARE @ErrorSeverity INT;  
           DECLARE @ErrorState INT;  

             @ErrorMessage = ERROR_MESSAGE(),  
             @ErrorSeverity = ERROR_SEVERITY(),  
             @ErrorState = ERROR_STATE();  

          -- Use RAISERROR inside the CATCH block to return error  
          -- information about the original error that caused  
          -- execution to jump to the CATCH block.  
          RAISERROR (@ErrorMessage, -- Message text.  
                     @ErrorSeverity, -- Severity.  
                     @ErrorState -- State.  

       END CATCH
  • 1
    @marcellomiorelli, I used COALESCE method for string concatenation, hope it's not a big result set, if it is or you need an ordered execution; let's say you want to execute the sp in a particular order use XML method for string concatenation with an order by cluase defined
    – Biju jose
    Aug 20, 2018 at 17:12

You could use a cursor and execute each row at a time:

DECLARE @qstr varchar(1000)
    SELECT Radhe='sp_save ' + '''' 
    + name + '.dbo.ref_systemSettings' + ''''
    FROM sys.databases
    WHERE OBJECT_ID(name+'.dbo.ref_systemSettings') IS NOT NULL

OPEN cur_query  
FETCH NEXT FROM cur_query INTO @qstr  

    PRINT 'Nothing'

    PRINT @qstr
    exec (@qstr)
    FETCH NEXT FROM cur_query INTO @qstr

CLOSE cur_query  
DEALLOCATE cur_query  

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