SQL IDENTITY COLUM

I have a SQL table where a column (the PK) is an IDENTITY COLUMN: IDENTITY=TRUE, IDENTITY SEED = 1 and IDENTITY INCREMENT=1

It is my understanding that this column should auto increment but I must be doing something really basic wrong.

If I specify a value for the column (which I know is wrong) I get:

Msg 544, Level 16, State 1, Line 112
Cannot insert explicit value for identity column in table 'table_name' when IDENTITY_INSERT is set to OFF.


OK, so I don't specify the column (or value) at all and I get this:

Msg 515, Level 16, State 2, Line 112
Cannot insert the value NULL into column 'column_name', table 'table_name'; column does not allow nulls. INSERT fails.


I SHOULD know the answer to this, but I want the column to auto increment.

What am I doing wrong?

THANKS!
FarrellFritzAsked:
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Kent OlsenDBACommented:
Don't use the column name in the insert statement

INSERT INTO (a,b,c,d) values (1,2,3,4)

As long as the ID column name doesn't appear in the list, you'll be fine.


Good Luck!
Kent

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FarrellFritzAuthor Commented:
Kent

That is what I thought (and that is exactly what I did, but then I get the

Cannot insert the value NULL into column 'column_name', table 'table_name'; column does not allow nulls. INSERT fails.

error
FarrellFritzAuthor Commented:
Kent

Disregard my last reply.  You are SPOT ON correct.

Thanks!
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