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Hello

how can i change the collation name of a specific database ?

The rebuildm.exe is changin the Master database while i want to change only a specific database .

is there a way to change it with sql statements like alter ?

What is the common collation name ? (I develop an application with DB  with collation of hebrew / arabic ... now i wish to change the collation to english ) how can i do it ?

Thank you
Asi
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by:crescendo
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You can use

    ALTER DATABASE YourDatabaseName
    COLLATE CollationName

But this will only affect tables and columns created subsequently, it won't change existing data. To do that, the easiest way is to generate the database creation script in Enterprise Manager, then find and replace all references to your existing collation with the new collation name.

First, dump all the tables using BCP.
Second, drop the database (back it up first!)
Third, recreate it using the edit script.
Fourth, reload the data using BCP.
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by:asi
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BCP ?
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by:crescendo
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It's a command-line utility to import and export data to text files. Look it up in Books Online.
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by:asi
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can u be more specific regarding the parametrs of BCP (in need specific sample)
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To output a table:

bcp pubs..authors2 out authors.txt -w -Sservername -Usa -Ppassword

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by:asi
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and how :
1) " recreate it using the edit script" - what is edit script
2) "reload the data using BCP" - how ? sample ?

Thank you
Asi

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The edit script is obtained by going into Enterprise Manager, right-clicking on the database, selecting All Tasks, then Generate SQL Script. It gives you a full script to create the database. You need to find and replace all the references to collation.

To import a file using BCP use the opposite of the export

bcp pubs..authors2 in authors.txt -w -Sservername -Usa -Ppassword

Asi, I am concerned that you very little experience of SQL Server, and these are potentially difficult and risky procedures. You really should involve someone locally who is familiar with SQL, or you risk losing your data. We don't have the time on Experts Exchange to train people in new skills, so the answers assume a basic knowledge. Please be careful, and preferably get some help. Test these procedures on dummy data first, to make sure you understand how they work, and what you need to do.
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