Generating a random string in Sql server

If I have 300 users in my database, and I need to assign each one a random Id,
how can I do this using SQL server. I don't want to use GUIDs because I think that is kind of over kill.

I would like the ID to be 4 characters long. I can query the database to find out if the id already exists, and if it does, I just run the random id sql code again, until I get a unique id.
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
Probably a more graceful way to pull this off, but this works
Declare @max smallint = 1, @min smallint = 26

SELECT 
   CHAR(((@max + 1) - @min) * Rand() + @min + 64) + 
   CHAR(((@max + 1) - @min) * Rand() + @min + 64) + 
   CHAR(((@max + 1) - @min) * Rand() + @min + 64) + 
   CHAR(((@max + 1) - @min) * Rand() + @min + 64)

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btw Check out my article an article:  T-SQL recipe to create a million sample people that has a wompload of SQL Server random number/random name features.
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Vikas GargBusiness Intelligence DeveloperCommented:
Hi,

You can use this along with your query

SELECT format(CAST(RAND() * 10000 AS int),'0000') AS RandomNumber , username from Usertable
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
btw if you have some time to play with this, you could create a table with string values 'spring', 'summer', 'winter', 'fall', then mimic the article code I have to make your passwords a random string value and a couple of numbers.  

Will be easier to remember spring23 then UKEW.
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