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SQL Server: UPDATE Statement Basics

The last thing anyone wants to do is mess up an UPDATE statement! Here's a quick refresher for those of you using SQL Server: Simplest case (a single row, in a single table with a single known value in a column): UPDATE YourTableName SET Column1 = ‘NewValue’ WHERE SameOrOtherColumn = ‘OldValue’ Most common case (multiple rows, using another table as the source data with multiple columns): UPDATE YourTableName SET ColumnX = OtherTable.Column1, ColumnY = OtherTable.Column2 FROM OtherTable WHERE YourTableName.Column1 ......

SQL Server: How Can I search for a specific text value in all the stored procedures?

To quickly look through your stored procedure objects for a text value in a database instance, do the following: use [Metro] go SELECT ROUTINE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.ROUTINES WHERE ROUTINE_DEFINITION LIKE '%whatyouarelookingfor%' AND ROUTINE_TYPE = 'PROCEDURE' Now, this is no replacement for a configuration management repository, but it will do in a pinch. BTW, remember this sql statement does NOT transcend all databases on the server, just a single db instance ......