Create an identity in sql2005

Posted on 2007-04-10
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I am new to sql 2005.

I want to get to get an identifer column into a table (similar to access autonumber) but cant see how this is done.

I have an ID column set to int
I tried right clicking on the table to Modify but cannot get  Identity into the datatype.
I tried a right click Script table as > Update to > New query editor window
UPDATE [testDB].[dbo].[Inventory]
   SET [ID] = <ID, int,>
      ,[Name] = <Name, varchar(20),>
      ,[Type] = <Type, varchar(30),>
 WHERE <Search Conditions,,>
I tried Identity and $Identity after int but it creates an error message.

Can anyone please advise how to do this?
Question by:johnhardy
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by:Ved Prakash Agrawal
ID: 18881418
you can do one thing you can place all your data into temp table and then drop the table and recreate the table with identity column and the push your data into this table.
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by:Ved Prakash Agrawal
ID: 18881432

SELECT * into #temp from Inventory

drop table Inventory

create table Inventory
(ID int Identity(1,1),
[Name] varchar(20),
[Type], varchar(30)

SELECT [Name],[Type] From #temp

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ID: 18881535
I am at this stage just trying to create or alter a table to get the identifier number (similar to autonumber).

There is no data involved for this exercise
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ID: 18881651
like this ... read up onn alter table in Books online,..
(Update is only for updating the tables data rows not modifying the table structure)

alter table yourtable
  add column newcolumnname int identity(1,1) not null

alter table yourtable
  drop column yourexistingIDcolumn

alter table yourtable
  add primary key NOT CLUSTERED (yournewcolumnname)

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Expert Comment

ID: 18881668
alter table Table_1
add columnname int not null identity(1,1)

Author Comment

ID: 18881809
Thanks re:
Alter Table
If I try to alter table
Rt Click table
Scrit table as ALTER To is greyed out
Am I doing something wrong ?
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ptjcb earned 500 total points
ID: 18881958
I have an ID column set to int
I tried right clicking on the table to Modify but cannot get  Identity into the datatype.

Assuming that you are using SQL Server Management Studio

Select Modify. Find the ID column.

Identity is a property of a column, not a data type. In the ID column with the data type Int, look at the column properties. Scroll down and you should see Identity Specification.


Author Comment

ID: 18882644
Thanks ptjch
I have it now
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