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Creates an identity column in a table. This property is used with the CREATE TABLE and ALTER TABLE Transact-SQL statements.

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Reset all IDs in a Large Table

Consider a table that contains around 9,000,000 rows. Each row has a int-based "ID" IDENT column whose value automatically increments on each insert. The table undergoes a lot of "churn," that is to ...
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Find ID columns with null value in oracle database

I need a way to iterate through all tables in tablespace "T_ECOS" and find all ID with null value in oracle database Any suggestion?
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How to get last identity row Inserted when using instead of trigger

When I insert into tables using instead of triggers, @@Identity, IDENT_CURRENT('Table') and SCOPE_IDENTITY() return null. How I can get the last identity of inserted row?
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Why do people recommend not using the name “Id” for an identity column?

I was taught not to use the name Id for the identity column of my tables, but lately I've just been using it anyways because it's simple, short, and very descriptive about what the data actually is. ...
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IDENTITY_INSERT seems stuck

I might be forgetting something, but essentially, I'm struggling with IDENTITY_INSERT. I'm trying to move data between tables, both of which have an identity column (similar schema). SET ...
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Copy SQL table to other server identity becomes int

I just built an Umbraco website. This uses a not-that-small SQL Server db. I copied this DB using the export data function built in in SQL Server 2008. This copies all the tables and their content ...
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Why is replication attempting to distribute NULL values into Identity columns

We are sporadically getting this error: Explicit value must be specified for identity column in our replication environment. I have checked the transaction command that is reporting the error and it ...
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How To Restore A Replicated Database

I am replicating our live database using transaction replication. This is basically to have a backup copy of our database in the case of server failure. The replicated database is read only, so I ...
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Dropping then adding a table to a subscription with Identity option Not for Replication causes errors

We have a Transactional Replication environment that was initialised from a backup that replicates the data for several hundred tables. When a table is altered, say a new column added, I have created ...
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What is the rationale for requiring a column list when inserting into a table with identity column?

When inserting into a table with an identity column from some similar staging table, we have to set IDENTITY_INSERT to ON and specify a column list. Why do we have to specify a column list in this ...
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What are the minimum matching criteria recommended for reliable demographic based patient matching?

When matching patients based on demographic data are there any recommendations on what fields should match for the patient to be the "Same Patient"? I know the algorithms will be different for ...
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Why is SSMS inserting new rows at the top of a table not the bottom?

Whenever I manually insert a row into a table in SQL Server Management Studio 2008 (the database is SQL Server 2005) my new row appears at the TOP of the list rather than the bottom. I'm using ...
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Database Schema with a shared identity Field

I'm a developer treading into the database world so bear with me please. I'm creating a Contract database with separate tables for various types of contracts. I have 5 tables but would like to ...
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Guarantee SQL Server Identity Columns that two consecutive values differ by constant increments?

I posed a question about Denali sequences here and another question about emulation of identity columns in Oracle Global Tables here. I always thought that I could trust that identity values ...
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Can I implement a 'gapless' identity column in Oracle?

In SQL Server it is so easy to write: create table #tmp ( id integer identity(1,1) primary key, message varchar(256) ); When I try to migrate this to Oracle, I end up with: CREATE ...
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SQL Server IDENTITY column automatic re-seed

I work with huge datasets. Many of the transactions that take place in my database are enormous - trillions of rows, and more. Some of the tables use IDENTITY columns, not for unique IDs, just ...
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Identity Columns or UDF that explicitly generates a unique id?

I am in middle of a debate about whether it is better to make a PRIMARY KEY out of an Identity Columns, our out of a UDF that explicitly generates a unique id. I am arguing for the Identity Column. ...
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How do I copy a table with SELECT INTO but ignore the IDENTITY property?

I have a table with identity column say: create table with_id ( id int identity(1,1), val varchar(30) ); It's well known, that this select * into copy_from_with_id_1 from with_id; results in ...

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