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how do i set identity on in SQL?

Posted on 2011-09-21
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Last Modified: 2012-06-22
i am using the following command:
insert into [wf10taa_test].[dbo].[cutdetail] select * FROM [wf10taa].[dbo].[cutdetail] where cutno = '9701373'

and i am receiving the followig error when i run it:
An explicit value for the identity column in table 'wf10taa_test.dbo.cutdetail' can only be specified when a column list is used and IDENTITY_INSERT is ON.

what i have to do to allow this line to run? and after i finish do i need to set off? how?

Question by:gvilbis
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JestersGrind earned 400 total points
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Do the insert.



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by:James Murrell
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for further info on JestersGrinds comment http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms188059.aspx

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MightyMirza earned 400 total points
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SET IDENTITY_INSERT [wf10taa_test].[dbo].[cutdetail] ON

insert into [wf10taa_test].[dbo].[cutdetail] (ColumnName1,ColumnName2,..)
select * FROM [wf10taa].[dbo].[cutdetail] where cutno = '9701373'

SET IDENTITY_INSERT [wf10taa_test].[dbo].[cutdetail] OFF

--the above mentioned code will help you do the insert, and yes you have to set it OFF after the insert (which the above code will take care).
--You were not adding columns after the table name(the table in which the rows has to be inserted)
--Make sure you put in your column names in the above query.

Fahad Mirza

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i did the following but still receiving the same error:
SET IDENTITY_INSERT [wf10taa_test].[dbo].[cutdetail] ON
insert into [wf10taa_test].[dbo].[cutdetail] select * FROM [wf10taa].[dbo].[cutdetail] where cutno = '9701373'
SET IDENTITY_INSERT [wf10taa_test].[dbo].[cutdetail] OFF

An explicit value for the identity column in table 'wf10taa_test.dbo.cutdetail' can only be specified when a column list is used and IDENTITY_INSERT is ON.

i must to put all the columns names? but i have many columns, is there a shortage way to do it instead to type all the columns names? it will take a long time?

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by:Kevin Cross
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ID: 36577639
If this is a test environment, you could (1) restore production to development or (2) remove the identity restriction on column totally from tables in test if you will be replicating the data from production always.
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by:Anthony Perkins
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ID: 36577692
If you are not explicitly inserting the IDENTITY value than all you need to do is explicitly declare all the columns, as in (there is not need for the SET IDENTITY_INSERT stuff ...) :

INSERT INTO [wf10taa_test].[dbo].[cutdetail] (Col1, Col2, Col3, ...)
SElECT Col1, Col2, Col3, ...
FROM [wf10taa].[dbo].[cutdetail]
WHERE cutno = '9701373'


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