Posts Tagged ‘sql query’

Executing the script in batch file using “sqlcmd” command

April 25, 2011 1 comment

 often create batch files to execute sql scripts ( specially SPs) and then schedule it using SQL agent job/Task Scheduler. In this post , I will show you how to create a batch file with sql commands.

First of all, The command that is used to execute SQL queries from commnd prompt is “SQLCMD“. The general syntax of this command is available in the link. I will go with a simple one as below

sqlcmd –E –S Servername –Q Query -o “Output Path”

-E = Trusted connection (windows authentication)
-S = Server Name
-Q = CommandLineQuery
-o = Output file path
a simple command on the commnad prompt can be written as

Renaming MS SQL Server database

February 8, 2010 2 comments

Renaming a database is not done very often. However, I have done it myself many times.  this can be done in two ways. The common method used for rename is by using ” Alter Database ” script. An example is as shown below.


The above script will rename the database “OldDbName” with new name “NewDbName”. Another way of acheiving the same is by using the stored Procedure “SP_RENAMEDB” The syntax is as below

EXEC SP_RENAMEDB 'OldDbName' , 'NewDbName'

“Alter” is preferred over the SP_RenameDB as the SP will be deprecated in the future version of  SQL Server.

SQL Server might throw an error while renaming a database as below.

This is due to the existing conections to the database. to overcome this error, need to drop all the connections to the database.  Refer to my previous blog for more info on this.

2. You can set the database to single user mode . refer the link for more info on this.

Script to drop all connections to a Database

February 8, 2010 4 comments

There are instances when we may have to drop all the connections to a database for example to rename a database. The script below can be used to drop all the connections to the database. 

DECLARE @dbname nvarchar(128)

SET @dbname = ‘DB name here’ — db to drop connections DECLARE @processid int SELECT @processid = min(spid)

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