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deleting records  from a table based on the fields of another table ms sql

Posted on 2011-09-27
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I have a table1 with field1 and a table2 with field2

I want to delete all records in table1  that do not have a match in table 2 (if john is in table1 and not in table2 I want it deleted) I have done it in very complicated ways using left joins, temprary tables.. but there must be an easier way
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Try this...

DELETE FROM Table1
WHERE Field1 NOT IN 
    (SELECT Field2 
     FROM Table2)

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