Alter columns collation

Hi Folks

I'm trying to write an upgrade script to fix collation problems.

When I run this:

alter table AccountingPeriodSetDesc alter column AccountingPeriodSet collate SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS

I get this:

Server: Msg 5074, Level 16, State 8, Line 1
The index 'indAccountingPeriodSetDe00001' is dependent on column 'AccountingPeriodSetDesc'.
Server: Msg 4922, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
ALTER TABLE ALTER COLUMN AccountingPeriodSetDesc failed because one or more objects access this column.

However, when I do the change manually in SSMS, the system is clever enough to update all the tables so the DRI exists before and after, and the change is still made.

Is there a way to programmatically do this without having to recode what all the indexes and fk's etc are ? The solution must be a stable, simple system, not a great big script that might fail because the programmer forgot about a certain type of constraint ! So ideally access to the same API that SSMS uses to make these edits seemlessly - is there such as capability ? SMO or whatever ??

thanks
Paul




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Shaun KlineConnect With a Mentor Lead Software EngineerCommented:
When making changes to a database object, SSMS has an option to generate the SQL script. This should include all actions that SQL Server is taking. It would be a good starting point for determining your best course of action.
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tigin44Connect With a Mentor Commented:
get the create script of the index indAccountingPeriodSetDe00001

drop index AccountingPeriodSetDesc.indAccountingPeriodSetDe00001
alter table AccountingPeriodSetDesc alter column AccountingPeriodSet collate SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS

recrerate the index by using the script that you get
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