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Automated script generation

Posted on 2008-06-25
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Bit of a conundrum here. SQL server management studio has a generate scripts function that allows you to script any operation that it performs, except one. It doesn't offer the ability to script the script generation function.

We run an in-house developed reporting system that downloads its static data overnight and its dynamic data from the live server on an ad-hoc basis. Due to the fact that the data is refreshed daily the data itself does not require backing up, however the database structure itself represents quite a large investment of time and resources.
I've been able to capture this structure via the script wizard but have so far been unable to automate the script generation process so that it can be backed up without the multi-gigabyte overhead of the data. I'm looking to do it through integration services if possible?
any help would be much appreciated.
CBdarchem
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So, here is what you can do.  Create yourself a new SSIS package.  Throw in a Transfer SQL Server Objects task from the toolbar.  From there you can choose all of the neat objects for transfer.  What I would do is have a blank db setup specifically to accept these objects.  Transfer the objects that you want, and then backup the db that just contains those objects.  If you'd like, run profiler to see exactly how it is doing it...I am guessing that it is using SMO to go through all of the objects and script them.

FYI...there really isn't good built in functionality in 2005 for scripting objects since most of its done in SMO.  What you can do if youd like is to use the OBJECT_DEFINITION function and loop through objects and save them that way.

HTH,
Tim
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SELECT name, [object_id], OBJECT_DEFINITION([object_id]) AS Definition FROM sys.objects
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I'll have a look at these today guys - i've been off ill the past few days.
Many thanks,
Cbdarchem
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The SSIS package was exactly what I was looking for, I ran a testbed and its spot on. The code snippet from jorge should be helpful too.
Thanks guys,
cbdarchem
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