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SQL Server 2000 Rename DB with illegal character

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I created a database with a - ("dash") in the name. The ultimate sin! If its such a sin it should not allow you to create it. You get no error when you create it which is really stupid if you ask me.

Help!! Please!! I need to rename the database I want to change the - to an _ which I think is legal. Any ideas on how? I tried ALTER DATABASE MODIFY NAME= , but it gives me an error "error near -". SQL Server 2000. I even tired a proc, but it got the same error. Has anyone ever done this before???

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Try this procedure. I had it bookmarked from the following http://databasejournal.com/features/mssql/article.php/1440501

CREATE PROCEDURE usp_RenameDB
    @OldDatabaseName varchar(50),
    @NewDatabaseName varchar(50)
WITH ENCRYPTION
AS
BEGIN
    DECLARE @OldTranCount  INTEGER;

    SET @OldTranCount = @@TRANCOUNT;

    WHILE (@@TRANCOUNT > 0)
        ROLLBACK TRANSACTION

    EXEC sp_dboption @OldDatabaseName, 'single user', 'TRUE'
    EXEC sp_renamedb @OldDatabaseName, @NewDatabaseName
    EXEC sp_dboption @NewDatabaseName, 'single user', 'FALSE'

    WHILE (@@TRANCOUNT < @OldTranCount)
        BEGIN TRANSACTION
END
GO

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by:WinstonRaja
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Hi

Alternatively you can use [ ]  brace to overcome these errors
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