I have a SQL Server database, and have run sp_blitz against it. This pulled out that there are a couple of heaps on moderate size tables (a few hundred thousand rows in one case).

Most of these tables have a primary key (one does not, but I'll deal with that later). The primary key itself has an unusual name - i.e. not the default one, when most of the tables have a default primary key name (PK_tablename).

There is an index with a name matching the primary key, which is unique and non-clustered.

I can rename the primary key, but I then think I should be creating a clustered index. If I do this, then I'll have duplicate indexes, so it would make sense to remove the non-clustered index. However, it's being used for the primary key.

If I move the primary key constraint from the old non-clustered index to the new clustered index:

  1. Does this make sense?
  2. Are there any things I should be aware of?
  3. What is the best method to do this?

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The following script illustrates an efficient way to convert the existing nonclustered primary key to clustered, and to rename it:

-- How the table looks now
CREATE TABLE dbo.Example
    pk integer NOT NULL,
    some_data integer NOT NULL,

    CONSTRAINT PK_UnusualName

-- Some data
INSERT dbo.Example (pk, some_data)
VALUES (1, 100), (2, 200), (3, 300);

-- Change the nonclustered PK to clustered
ON dbo.Example (pk)

-- Rename
EXECUTE sys.sp_rename 
    @objname = N'dbo.Example.PK_UnusualName',
    @newname = N'PK__dbo_Example_pk',
    @objtype = 'INDEX';

-- Tidy up
DROP TABLE dbo.Example;

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