URGENT: Need to reindex a table


I'm writing a conversion tool that deletes all records in all tables in the destination database (SQL Server 2000) first. It then pumps all records from the source database (Access 97) into the destination database, using SET IDENTITY INSERT ON and SET IDENTITY INSERT OFF. I do this table by table. After all records of a table have been inserted, I have to reindex the table's ID

For example: A table in my destination database has the following records
ID            Description
5              MyRecord1
6              MyRecord2
10            MyRecord3

Considering no ID's >10 have been deleted, the current new index would be 11.

After conversion, this table can have the following records:
ID           Description
1             MyConvertedRecord1
2             MyConvertedRecord2
3             MyConvertedRecord3

Now I want to reindex this table, so that the next new index (ID) would be 4.

I can't seem to manage this. The new index will remain 11. I've tried DBREINDEX, but this doesn't work. I have a lot of tables that need to be converted like this, so I don't want the conversion program to delete all indexes and create them again. It'd cost me a lot of time examining all current indexes and then writing code to drop and create them.

I can't use the SQL Server 2000 Import/Export tool to do this, because additional logic is needed in order to have a succesfull conversion.

Thanks in advance,

Luc Derckx
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Do you mean re-seed the identity rather than re-index?

If so then this is what you want:

DBREINDEX rebuilds an index for a table or all indexes defined for a table. By allowing an index to be rebuilt dynamically, indexes enforcing either PRIMARY KEY or UNIQUE constraints can be rebuilt without having to drop and re-create those constraints. This means an index can be rebuilt without knowing the table's structure or constraints, which could occur after a bulk copy of data into the table.

Here..re-seed will reset the index value to using the commands

    ( 'table_name'
        [ , { NORESEED
                | { RESEED [ , new_reseed_value ] }

I think is is important to enphasise the clear distinction between an index and an identity.   They are two entirely seperate concepts!

An index is esentially a tree structure that is used for rapid retrieval of data.

and identity is a constraint used to generate unique values.

rsrsm - "Here..re-seed will reset the index value to using the commands"     This is confusing and not technically accurate as you refer to the identity column current value as the "index value".   in the example detailed above there are 3 index values   1,2 and 3   but only once identity column current value!

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Dishan FernandoSoftware Engineer / DBACommented:
drop Identity column
ALTER TABLE tablename ADD colname int NOT NULL IDENTITY(1,1)

RESEED doent arange the exising identity values
IThemaAuthor Commented:
I did some searching on the internet and found the checkident too.
I now use the following after inserting all data. Tell me what you think of it.



DBCC checkident ('TableName', RESEED, @MAXID)

This seems to work.
it seems obscure as all you need to do is :


this will pickup the last id automatically.
IThemaAuthor Commented:
Nope. I figured that would work too, but it doesn't...  I tried this example:
ID          Description
2            Bla
3            BlaBla
4            BlaBlaBla
5            BlaBlaBlaBla

With current identity set to 11, because I deleted the rows with ID>5

dbcc checkident ('TableName', RESEED) Resulted in:
Checking identity information: current identity value '13', current column value '13'.

Adding another record gave me ID=14
IThemaAuthor Commented:
Sorry, current Identity was 13
oops sorry a typo on my part there, thould read:


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the resolution cleared most my doubts...
IThemaAuthor Commented:
Yep, that one worked. How about performance? What's better: mine (with @MAXID) or ShogunWade's?

btw: Can someone help me with this too?:

I either need a way to insert values that contain single quotes using the INSERT INTO commands in addition to SET IDENTITY INSERT ON and OFF, or a way to force identities using the ADO recordset's AddNew-method (rs!IDField = MyIDValue, rs!Field2 = MyValue2, ...)

This is the last thing I need actually to complete my conversion tool.
IThemaAuthor Commented:
ps: I really need to have the single quotes being kept in the value.. I do NOT want to replace them with these: "
I use this reseed method here on tables containing over 1 billion records  In my tests it has proved substantially faster.
IThemaAuthor Commented:
Ok, I finally got it to work... all...
I replaced the single quotes with a double single quote... so
INSERT ... VALUES('Ben's Workshop') which goes wrong, will now be
INSERT ... VALUES('Ben''s Workshop') which goes well, and the string in the database will then be:
Ben's Workshop

My insertion now looks the following:

    connOBS3.Execute "SET IDENTITY_INSERT Soort ON" & vbCrLf & _
                     "INSERT INTO Soort " & _
                     "  (IDSoort, Omschrijving) " & _
                     "  VALUES (" & rsOBS2!IDSoort & ",'" & strOmschr & "')" & _
                     "SET IDENTITY_INSERT Soort OFF"
    Reseed "Soort"

Private Sub Reseed(strTable as string)
  connOBS3.Execute "DBCC CHECKIDENT('" & strTable & "', RESEED, 1)" & vbCrLf & _
                   "DBCC CHECKIDENT('" & strTable & "')"
End Sub

Thank you very much. It all made me learn a few tricks.
you are welcome
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