error on cast command

Hello,

I try to execute this command :

SELECT  a.name +'|'+ CAST(b.mirroring_role AS varchar(15))FROM sys.databases A INNER JOIN sys.database_mirroring B  ON A.database_id=B.database_id  WHERE mirroring_role is null or mirroring_role=1

but the result is NULL, how can I add the name master|null.

Thanks

Regards

bibi
bibi92Asked:
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CluskittCommented:
SELECT  a.name +'|'+ ISNULL(b.mirroring_role,'NULL')
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bibi92Author Commented:
But if mirroring_role is not null, is that query will run successfully?

Thanks

bibi
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bibi92Author Commented:
I try to execute it and there is an error :
Conversion failed when converting the varchar value 'NULL' to data type tinyint.
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HainKurtSr. System AnalystCommented:
or you can use

CAST(isnull(b.mirroring_role,'') AS varchar(15))

and this is fine

 WHERE mirroring_role is null or mirroring_role=1

it will include all records where role is either null or 1
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CluskittCommented:
Is mirroringrole a tinyint field? If so, you need to use:
SELECT  a.name +'|'+ ISNULL(CAST(b.mirroring_role AS varchar(15)),'NULL')

the ISNULL function will simply provide an alternative value if the record is null. If it isn't null, it will use the first argument of the function.
So, ISNULL('value','NULL') will return 'value', but ISNULL(NULL,'NULL') will return 'NULL'
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HainKurtSr. System AnalystCommented:
or use

SELECT  a.name +'|'+ isnull(CAST(b.mirroring_role AS varchar(15)),'') ...
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HainKurtSr. System AnalystCommented:
after reading the question, I see that you want 'NULL' instead of ''
so try my posts with 'NULL' instead of ''
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bibi92Author Commented:
Thanks bibi
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