Automatically create scripts for Tables & Stored Procedures in SQL Server 2008?

Posted on 2014-10-10
Last Modified: 2014-10-10
I know when making modifications to Tables or SP's, you generally right click on the entity and select Modify. There is also a menu option in the popup menu that says "Script Table as..." or "Script Stored Procedure as..." and then the sub-menu item of "Create In...". When you select "Create In...", it creates an editable SQL script. Is it possible to automate that for each Table/SP rather than doing it one at a time for each one?

Question by:BlakeMcKenna
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by:Vitor Montalvão
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Yes. Instead of right-click on the table, try it on the database, then chose Tasks / Generate Scripts...
Now you can chose which objects you want to be scripted. Just follow the wizard.
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by:Jim Horn
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Not that I'm aware of in SQL 2008, but using Visual Studio 2010 you can create a SQL Data Project
Visual Studio 2010, SQL Server Database Project
Then go to Schema Compare, point to any database as a source, then point to any other database as a destination, and you can with one button-click script out all objects from source to destination.
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What do you mean by automate? Do you want to do this at some interval and save the output in some files? Is it for some kind of source control purpose?

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Let's say you right click on a Table Object and the menu pops up. You select "Script Table as"/"Create To"/"File". That will produce SQL Code to a file of your choice. Instead of doing that for each object, is there a way to be able to do that for all Objects within a specific Database?

It's essentially scripting out all the Tables, Stored Procedures, etc. into a File, Clibboard, etc.
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Hi Jim,

I think I've almost got it. My problem is that there are no other DB's I can choose as a destination and I don't have "Create" privileges to create one.
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Zberteoc earned 500 total points
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In Management Studio Object Explorer:

Right Click on the database name > Tasks > Generate Scripts > Next > Leave on "Select Entire Database and all database objects" (if you choose the other oprion you can specify group and/or individual objects) > Next > Leave on "Save to File" and "Single File", choose a file name and location > Next Next> Finish or Close.


You may want to go into Advance settings before you save that file and under the table preferences make sure the indexes, unique keys, triggers are set to True.

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Wow...that was awesome!!!!

Thanks so much!
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by:Jim Horn
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>Right Click on the database name > Tasks > Generate Scripts > Next > ...

Very handy... thanks for posting this.

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It sure helped me!!!

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