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SQL Server: need a list of tables with certain name

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Hi, what is the best way to get a list of tables with name like '%name1%' from all server instance databases?
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May not be the most elegant way to do it but for a quick and dirty use the undocumented procedure sp_MSForEachDB:

EXEC dbo.sp_MSforeachdb 'USE [?];  IF EXISTS (SELECT * FROM  sys.tables WHERE name like ''%name1%'' ) select ''Table ''+name+'' exists in database ''+DB_NAME() from sys.tables where name like ''%name1%''';

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give this a try

sp_msforeachdb 'select "?" AS db, * from [?].sys.tables where name like ''%name1%'''
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