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sql server 2005 record insertion dates to be found out.

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I have a products table in sql server 2005. I have got it from the client. Can i know the date and time when a particular product has been inserted? I have no column like date time in the table. I suppose there should be some in built stored procedure which can tell the date and time when the insertion into the product table for a product was made. this way  I can discover the creation of each products?

can anyone help please?
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Question by:Dinesh Kumar
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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no.

unless, as you said, that you have the column ...
or you have the time to compare the full backups of the db of when the record(s) appeared, and eventually then read the archive logs to see the exact time of the inserts ...
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by:Dinesh Kumar
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I see there is a view which can help i.e select * from sys.dm_db_index_usage_stats
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by:Dinesh Kumar
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can you explain it little bit more
read the archive logs to see the exact time of the inserts ...
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 168 total points
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some third-party tools allow to read the transaction logs ...
http://www.sqlmag.com/article/log-files/can-the-transaction-log-tell-us-what-happened-.aspx

lumigent, red gate etc ,...
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by:Zberteoc
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The log file approcah would work only if you have all the log files from the moment the database was created. Even so I don't see an easy way to look for each product in multiple log files and beside that I am not sure that yiu have a timestamp in the log file either to show you when a particular insert happened.

Point is what you are asking is quite impossible.

May I ask why do you need this info? Maybe we can find a workaround or even find that is not needed if we would know the reason.

What I could suggest is to add 2 more columns to your table, datecreated and lastupdated and for now set them to the date when you got the backup from your client and make it like a starting point.
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by:Dinesh Kumar
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The reason is I want to show only those products which are created in last 6 months through a new link added on the website that says New Products.
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by:Zberteoc
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Can you ask your client if they can provide even an approximate info about this? It's still better than nothing. After all is their job to know and provide this kind of info, not yours to dig out of nothing. You should tell them and explain why is not possible for you to find it.

Good luck!
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by:GSGDBA
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HI,

I suppose you will be able to find some tables with some relationship to each other.
Could you please check the Foreign Keyscolumns referenced from other table to product and product to other tables.

If you are able to see the existence of relationship between tables. Check does those referenced tables have date related column.


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