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How to do a fuzzy match to antoher table's column?

Hi, I'm trying to find possible match between 2 tables based on FirstName and LastName column.  If table B has a similar Fristname and similar lastname to that of table A then list it.  What's the best way to do this?  Thank you.
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radcaesarCommented:
Better use SSIS for this. Its hard to do the FUZZY lookup using T-Sql

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms345128
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lapuccaAuthor Commented:
The problem is I have VS2008 and sql 2005 which inhibits the SSIS to run.  Isn't that true that sql 2005 requires VS2005 to run SSIS?  Thanks.
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radcaesarCommented:
No Its not. Who said this? To run SSIS Packages, You need only SQL Server 2005 (Standard Edition Atleast).

To create package you need BIDS (Business Intelligence Development Studio, A version of VS development environment for SQL Server BI).
This BIDS 2005 will be installed automatically when you perform a full installation of SQL Server.

You can run VS 2008 and BIDS 2005 in the same box. No Issues.
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lapuccaAuthor Commented:
I was told wrong information before.  Thank you very much, it does work.  I am able to bring up the BIDS and created a SSIS.  Wow, I wasted a month writing various script for cleaning up database when I could just use this.  However the link you provided for sql 2005 doesn't seem to follow what I see in my version of BIDS.  I cannot follow even the 3rd step of To construct the simplest Fuzzy Lookup package: at the link.  I think I will check out the instruction in sql 2008 for this and hope that will work.  But much appreciation for your help.
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lapuccaAuthor Commented:
Ignore the last post note.  It is working as described in the url.  My bad.  Thansk.
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