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Is it possible to pass a var into the table name? i.e.:

/**************************/
declare @monthEnd varchar(8) = '12312012'

select
   *
into
   tableName_@monthEnd
/**************************/

So "tableName_12312012" is the actual table name.

Thanks!
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Steve Wales earned 1600 total points
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You could do it with dynamic sql

declare @monthend varchar(8)
declare @sql nvarchar(4000)

set @monthend = '12312012'

set @sql = 'select * into tableName_'+@monthEnd+' from whereever'
exec (@sql)

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Talked to Mr Google and found an example: http://www.sqlteam.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=68177 - with a link to a very long blog post on dynamic SQL.
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The only way to do it is with dynamic sql. You can not substitue what would be SYSNAMEs, i.e. Tables, Columns, Schemas, with variables.  You have to build the SQL statement as a string and execute it with exec(@sql) or the prefered system procedure EXECUTE_SQL @sql, see Kimberly L. Tripp's article on Execute_SQL
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