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

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I have an insert from one table to another and I keep getting this error.  The destination table has a autoincrementing column and I need it to continue that count.  PLease help.
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by:Steve Wales
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What's the insert statement / table definition look like ?

Sounds like you're trying to set the value of the identity column yourself ?

If you're wanting the identity column to do it's thing and just auto increment, don't specify that column in the insert statement.
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by:lcohan
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ONLY if you DONT need to keep the IDENTITY sequence and MUST insert specific values you can run a SET like below otherwise code your INSERT statement WITHOUT the identity column in the list:

SET IDENTITY_INSERT Table1 ON

against that table and tur it OFF after the insert. More details at:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1334012/cannot-insert-explicit-value-for-identity-column-in-table-table-when-identity
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by:rxresults
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Here is what I am using and I still get the error: The primary key (which is also the autoincrementing column) is missing from this query


set identity_Insert 'dbTest.dbo.table'  on
go
insert into  'dbTest.dbo.table'
SELECT
       [ValidRx] as [ValidRx]
      ,[ImportOrgId] as [ImportOrgId]
      ,[CustomerId] as [CustomerId]
      ,[AccountId] as [AccountId]
      ,[GroupId] as [GroupId]
      ,[UtilizationDate] as [UtilizationDate]
      ,[ProcessDate] as [ProcessDate]
   FROM 'dbTest.dbo.table'
  go
 
  set identity_Insert 'dbTest.dbo.table'  off
go
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Scott Pletcher earned 500 total points
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Re-read the error message carefully:

"when a column list is used and ..."


set identity_Insert dbTest.dbo.table  on
go
insert into  dbTest.dbo.table (
   [ValidRx], [ImportOrgId], [CustomerId], ...  --<<-- as msg states, you must list columns
)
SELECT
    ...
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by:Steve Wales
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Try specifying the column names in your insert rather than allowing them to default ?

insert into table (col1, col2, col3) select (cola, colb, colc)

Does that make any difference ?
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by:rxresults
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I tried it and now the message has changed slightly:

Explicit value must be specified for identity column in table 'dbo.table'  either when IDENTITY_INSERT is set to ON or when a replication user is inserting into a NOT FOR REPLICATION identity column.
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by:Steve Wales
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Don't turn IDENTITY_INSERT ON when you're trying to have the identity do it's job automatically.
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