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Microsoft SQL server 2005 updating 2.5 million records fails

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I am trying to update 2.5 million records and I just time out after about 30 seconds.  I am on the server itself using the management studio I was to update a null field based on another field here is the query.  I am then going to need to loop or use a cursor to iterate over each record and look it up in a table to pull the state and timezone for each area code.  It this a time out issue or on index issue or am I just doing something dumb?


UPDATE    CallRecords
SET              AreaCode = RIGHT(LEFT(PhoneNumber, 4), 3)
WHERE     (AreaCode IS NULL)

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Are you running this in a "New Query" window?  Or using the "Open Table"?  If you use the "New Query" window it should work.

If not then you have to change your timeout.  Do this by going to:
    Tools - Options - Query Execution (select from left side)

Then make sure "Execution Timeout" is set to "0" (unlimited).

You should be able to do your other updates all in the same script as well with joins or user defined functions.
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now I feel real dumb I was doing it in the open table window.
thanks
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