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Is there a way to create some Task in SQL server that deletes records from a table based on a date column in said table?
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by:Pawan Kumar
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You can create a SQL job and inside that you can do that with your DELETE command.  Yes you can use a date in there.

Or if it is a one time activity , create a script and inside that delete the required rows.
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Paul MacDonald earned 250 total points
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Yes.  
In SSMS, go to SQL Server Agent -> Jobs, right-click and select "New Job..." and fill out the relevant fields.  Your SQL will go under "Steps" and you can schedule the job to run when you want under "Schedules".
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by:HLRosenberger
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it's not a one time thing.  I want it to  be done daily.
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by:Jeff Edmunds
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You can combine what the last two folks said to do... Your SQL Agent Job can be scheduled to run daily and the job itself can be to execute the script which deletes the records. When you create the SQL job, add a new Step, and select Transact SQL Script as the Type. In the Command box, just type in the SQL script to use. Then under Schedules you can set the job to run daily at whatever time you wish.
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by:Paul MacDonald
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"I want it to  be done daily."
That's not a problem.
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by:HLRosenberger
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paulmacd - Do I have to add a step to the job?  Does the job call a stored proc that has my SQL Delete?  Or can I define the SQL delete right in the main job?
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by:HLRosenberger
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ah, I got the job working.   Now just to schedule it to run every day.
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Thanks to all!
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