Alter table with existing data and then load default values into table

I have a sql table T1 , i need to add some new columns to this table.
The table currently holds over 5000 rows of data.

What is the best way to go about doing this, without losing data from the existing columns and loading some default values in the existing columns.

Any code samples will be helpful
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countrymeisterAsked:
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guveraCommented:
Hi,

 Please check the below link for step by step details

http://www.intelligenceunited.com/?p=804

Hope it may help to you.

Thanks
Guvera
arbiiCommented:
To ensure that your existing inserts/updates to this table do not get affected, the new columns added should be nullable -

CREATE TABLE test_tab (col_a INT) ;
ALTER TABLE test_tab ADD col_b VARCHAR(20) NULL ;
guveraCommented:
countrymeisterAuthor Commented:
guvera:

Not sure if you tried the link you provided, it gives me a sql error, I am using sql server 2008
Alter Table Stu_Table add (Stu_dob date, Stu_Addreass varchar(20));
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