Friday, August 17, 2012

SQL Server 2012-Generating Scripts...

One of the tasks that is often done in a database development environment is the scripting of database and using it for created test databases. Typically if one were script out the tables in the database in the SSMS, one would right click on the database and choose generate and publish scripts. In SQL Server 2012 one of the things i noticed was that when you right click on the database and choose tasks, there are some new options added. For the database scripts, right click on Generate scripts, a response window like the following opens up. In the first screen one chooses the objects that need to be scripted, in the second screen it says Scripting options on the side.

Set Scripting Options Window, Click Advance Button to Set Scripting Options.


When you observe initially you see options where the file needs to be saved and scripts need to be published. I was looking for where to set the scripting options, then i clicked on the advanced button,

Scripting Options Window


 the scripting options window popped up. In the scripting options one of the choices is Script for Server version there are a lot more choices. The choices range from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2012, it includes SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2. This is option is very effective tool to create test databases and also there is an option generate scripts for the data as well.

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