I am testing a monitoring application against a SQL Server 2000 instance. How can I write a T-SQL query that takes an amount of time that I specify? For example, most scripting languages have something like the SLEEP command which allows you to pause script execution for a specified amount time. I am looking for something similar that is compatible with SQL Server 2000. This is intended to test the long-running query threshold settings of the monitoring application.

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If you are looking for a function to block the execution batch for a specified amount of time, you can use WAITFOR in SQL Server 2000. This function is similar to SLEEP function in Oracle. Usage examples:

WAITFOR DELAY '00:00:30';     -- wait for 30 seconds
WAITFOR TIME '13:30';         -- wait until server time is 13:30
  • WAITFOR works perfectly for my intended purpose, Binaya. I appreciate the quick response! Thanks for your time.
    – Jinxter
    Commented May 6, 2014 at 19:28

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