troubleshooting Question

How do I control the SELECT DISTINCT statement?

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CubicleGuyFlag for United States of America asked on
Microsoft SQL Server 2005
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You can see that I need to insert values in CUSTOMERS from the INT_OH table.  I need all of those values, but the only one I want to be evaluated as being unique is the theirOrderNumber column.    The way this is currently working, the SELECT will evaluate a record as being DISTINCT even if someone just changes addresses, which we don't want it to do.

How do I get around this?

I can't find any answer in my Beginning Transact-SQL WROX book....
INSERT INTO Customers
      (companyID, name, add1, add2, city, state, zip,country, email,
       phone, alternateCustomerID, dateAdded)
    SELECT DISTINCT @COMPANY, ordName, ordaddress, ordaddress2, ordcity, ordstate, ordzip, ordcountry, ordemail,
       ordphone, theirCustomerNumber, getdate()
        FROM INT_OH
        where theirCustomerNumber not in (select alternateCustomerID from customers where companyID = @COMPANY)
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