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Convert a sql_variant value to a varchar

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Hi there  I'd like to be able to place the value returned from the command below into a varchar variable to use in a script but I am getting the error:

Implicit conversion from data type sql_variant to varchar is not allowed. Use the CONVERT function to run this query.

Ideally I'd like to have something like:

DECLARE @server varchar(50)

set @server = (select SERVERPROPERTY('MachineName') WindowsServerName)  whilst using the CONVERT function - can anyone help as I'm really new to TSQL programming.

Thanks

select SERVERPROPERTY('MachineName') WindowsServerName

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Many thanks for the speedy reply - your code works a treat...  

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