Need to drop all indexes in SQL 6.5

Posted on 2002-05-29
Last Modified: 2007-12-19
I am upgrading from SQL Server 6.5 to SQL Server 2000.  I would like to drop all the indexes in the SQL 6.5 database before doing the upgrade.  Is there any way to script this or do it painlessly?
Question by:geowilli
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spcmnspff earned 50 total points
ID: 7043056
Here's one I use regularly . . .

CREATE Procedure spDropIndexes

Declare @IndexName VarChar(100)

Declare Indexes CURSOR FOR
SELECT 'dbo.' + '[' + + '].[' + +']'
FROM sysindexes INNER JOIN sysobjects
    ON =
    Inner Join tblTables On = tblTables.TableName
WHERE IndID Not In(0,255) And sysindexes.[Name] Not lIke '_WA_SYS%'

Open Indexes

Fetch Next From Indexes Into @IndexName

While @@Fetch_Status = 0
     Exec('Drop Index ' + @IndexName)
     Fetch Next From Indexes Into @IndexName

Deallocate Indexes

Author Comment

ID: 7043154
I tried the code but it could not find the table 'tblTables'

Author Comment

ID: 7043180
thanks spcmnspff

I got the code to work by making the following alteration to the select statement

SELECT 'dbo.' + '[' + + '].[' + +']'
FROM sysindexes INNER JOIN sysobjects
   ON =
WHERE IndID Not In(0,255) And sysindexes.Name Not lIke '_WA_SYS%'
     and sysobjects.Type = 'U'

Expert Comment

ID: 7043571
Yeah sorry about that, I diidn't edit that query before I put it in there.  In my case I have a table that contains a list of potential tables that I want to drop the indexes on.  If you remove the join to that table you should be fine.  One additional comment regarding this code the not like '_WA_SYS%' refers to an undocumented SQL server feature.  Records in Sysindexes that match this criteria are faux indexes that the optimizer has created to indicate where a potential index is needed.  It means that you have queried this object and a table scan had resulted.  When you use the index tuning wizard it simply does a select in sysindexes for these records and makes the apropriate suggestion.... cool huh?

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