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In this code i am creating the table with code.  Is there any way i could alter the code to SELECT INTO so i don't have to explicitly create the table
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CREATE TABLE  ##TESTTABLE ([RoomID] varchar(50),  [BuildingID] varchar(100), [Number] varchar(100), [Name] varchar(100))
EXEC (@openrowset)


INSERT INTO ##TESTTABLE([RoomID] ,  [BuildingID] , [Number], [Name] )
EXEC (@openrowset)
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by:Éric Moreau
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not when using the EXEC with dynamic queries
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so there is no way to read the results of a dynamic query into a table that has not already been created?
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what is your @OpenRowSet?

Instead of EXEC, would you be able to do a "select * from OpenRowSet" as shown in https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms190312.aspx?

If you can do this, you will be able to use the INSERT INTO statement and not create a table first.
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and BTW, do you know the meaning of ## ? A global temp table is not widely used. Have a look at http://sqlmag.com/t-sql/temporary-tables-local-vs-global
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@openrowset was as stupidly named variable. It is a select statement
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Qlemo earned 250 total points
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As the referenced article says: it works with a global temporary table (but not with a local temporay table) to use EXEC. So your dynamic SQL could look like
select ... INTO ##TESTTABLE from ...

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But of course you'll need to drop the global temp table yourself, the same as when creating it above.
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Have you tried the real OpenRowset method from the links already provided?
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I got it working with your help. All i needed to do was to update the dymanic sql with the select into and then run EXEC (@openrowset)
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by:Éric Moreau
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but if you are still using ##, you might have troubles if 2 users are running the same code at the same time because the temp table is global to all users
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Yes. I will make it #
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by:Éric Moreau
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but then it won't work in EXEC because it won't be global!
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ok i will  think of something :)
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