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What is the fastest way to remove the index on Column A and C but keep the index on column B

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I have a table with columns A, B, and C, where a unique clustered index exists on column A, a unique non-clustered index exists on Column B, and a non-unique non-clustered index exists on column C.  Assuming there are 100 million records in this table, what is the fastest way to remove the index on Column A and C but keep the index on column B?
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by:tigin44
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use
drop index

this will drop indexes one by one...
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an example syntax for drop index is

IF  EXISTS (SELECT * FROM sys.indexes WHERE object_id = OBJECT_ID(N'[dbo].[tableName]') AND name = N'indexName')
DROP INDEX [ndexName] ON [dbo].[tableName] WITH ( ONLINE = OFF )
GO
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lcohan earned 2000 total points
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If you have an index on columns A,B,C and you want it only on column B then do following:

Add new index with ONLINE = ON on column B so you don't lock the table; you may want to look at SORT_IN_TEMPDB = ON and MAXDOP = 1 if you have a huge table indeed and is used on line.

update statistics table_name;
exec sp_recompile table_name;

drop index  idx_columns_a_b_c  on table_name;

update statistics table_name;
exec sp_recompile table_name;
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by:tesla764
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Thanks, that worked.
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