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MS SQL 2008.  

I am storing a current Version Id to my database, and it is just a single value.  I was hoping to not have to create a table just to house one value.  Is there an elegant solution for storing one single value to a special point in the system tables? Database Variables, sort of like session variables?

Ultimately, this has to do with an installation manager needing to know which version is currently installed.

If you have an answer, please provide how to set the value, and how to retrieve/update it, if it is not standard SQL.
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Really the only way to store values on a permanent basis is in a table.  Having a table store one value is not that unusual.  You could make that table name general enough that maybe you store other similar values later.  

Greg

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I think a table is simply the best way to store a value!

Well of coz you could create a user defined function in your db returning this value or some other strange thing like that.

CREATE FUNCTION GetVersion
(
)
RETURNS double
AS
BEGIN
RETURN 1.2
END

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EXEC GetVersion

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Thanks, at present I would agree that the sproc seems to make the most sense.

Thanks.
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