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

Posted on 2011-04-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
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.
Question by:lapucca
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    Expert Comment

    Better use SSIS for this. Its hard to do the FUZZY lookup using T-Sql

    Author Comment

    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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    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.

    Author Closing Comment

    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.

    Author Comment

    Ignore the last post note.  It is working as described in the url.  My bad.  Thansk.

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