SQL Server Item Purge w/ Foreign Key Constraints

I would like to purge some items out of our sql table that has foreign key constraints associated with it. I have saved these specific items to a historical table. What is the best practice in deleting these items from this type of table with regard to the foreign keys? Do I have to drop and recreated the keys? If so, what is the proper way in doing so, so that I do not disturb the data I still want retained in the table.

Much Regards,

Traci M.

delete from dimitem  where
itemwk not in (select distinct(itemwk) from factcustsales)and datepart(year, effbegindate) <= '2008'
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rushShahConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You have to drop that foreign key constraint then delete data and then recreate constraint.

--drop foreign key

alter table tablename drop constraint ConstraintName

-- Delete data
delete from dimitem  where
itemwk not in (select distinct(itemwk) from factcustsales)and datepart(year, effbegindate) <= '2008'

--Recreate Constraint
ALTER TABLE [dbo].[TableName]
  WITH CHECK ADD CONSTRAINT [FK_TableName_TableName2] FOREIGN KEY([FK_Name])
    REFERENCES [dbo].[TableName2] ([ID])
go
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SasDevAuthor Commented:
ALTER TABLE [dbo].[DimItem] DROP CONSTRAINT [DF_DimItem_BrandFamilyID]
ALTER TABLE [dbo].[DimItem] DROP CONSTRAINT [DF_DimItem_BrandFamilyDesc]

delete from dimitem  where
itemwk not in (select distinct(itemwk) from factcustsales)and datepart(year, effbegindate) <= '2008'

ALTER TABLE [dbo].[DimItem] ADD  CONSTRAINT [DF_DimItem_BrandFamilyDesc]  DEFAULT (' ') FOR [BrandFamilyDesc]
ALTER TABLE [dbo].[DimItem] ADD  CONSTRAINT [DF_DimItem_BrandFamilyID]  DEFAULT (' ') FOR [BrandFamilyID]
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SasDevAuthor Commented:
Thank you!
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