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What does this T-SQL statement do exactly?

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select 'DBCC CHECKIDENT ('+''''+OBJECT_NAME(OBJECT_ID)+''''+',RESEED,'+convert(varchar(15), seed_value)+')' FROM SYS.IDENTITY_COLUMNS
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Not certain what the purpose is. It is generating a string that is executing DBCC CHECKIDENT for the identity column, and the RESEED option sets the seed back to whatever the original value was. However, as written, this only displays the string. The normal syntax for something like this would be:

DECLARE @SQL VARCHAR(8000)
SELECT @SQL = 'DBCC CHECKIDENT ('+''''+OBJECT_NAME(OBJECT_ID)+...

EXEC(@SQL)
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it looks like code to reset a test (or demo) database to a known state (reseeded auto increment numbers).  the code is generated, so that an administrator and eyeball it before running it.  A sample output would be

DBCC CHECKIDENT ('UniqueKeyHolderForSomeStoredProc',RESEED,1)
DBCC CHECKIDENT ('table_1_1977058079',RESEED,0)
DBCC CHECKIDENT ('table_1_2009058193',RESEED,0)
DBCC CHECKIDENT ('table_3_2041058307',RESEED,1001)
etc.
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