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In my database more tables contain a column called DataRowVersion. I would like to update the column value as 1 in all of the tables. How to perform it in single shot? Please assist.
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Question by:Easwaran Paramasivam
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Find all tables that hold your column
http://blog.sqlauthority.com/2008/08/06/sql-server-query-to-find-column-from-all-tables-of-database/

use it as the base for a cursor whith in the cursorloop your update composed as a dynamic sql
http://www.softcodearticle.com/2012/12/mssql-declare-cursor-exampleexecute-sql-string/
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Or execute this script.  Execute it with text output box and  copy output and past it in the query window to execute it.
I added the WHERE IS NULL, but you can change that for your needs
SELECT 'update ' +  t.name + ' set DataRowVersion = 1 where DataRowVersion is null ; '
SCHEMA_NAME(schema_id) AS schema_name,
c.name AS column_name
FROM sys.tables AS t
INNER JOIN sys.columns c ON t.OBJECT_ID = c.OBJECT_ID
WHERE c.name ='DataRowVersion'
ORDER BY schema_name, table_name;

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by:Easwaran Paramasivam
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It gives error as Incorrect syntax near 'schema_id'.
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Surendra Nath earned 2000 total points
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step 1: execute the below update statement, it gives you a set of update statements as rows...
step 2: Now, copy them up and put them back in SSMS and execute them.

select 'UPDATE ' + T.TABLE_SCHEMA + '.' + T.TABLE_NAME + ' SET DataRowVersion = 1 where DataRowVersion is null ; ' 
from INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES T
JOIN INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLUMNS C
ON T.TABLE_NAME = C.TABLE_NAME
AND c.COLUMN_NAME ='DataRowVersion'

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by:Easwaran Paramasivam
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Thanks.
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