Altering a column with indexes

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Altering a column with indexes

Postby anna.p » Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:59 pm

Hi there,

I compared two tables that were identical except for a changed datatype on ColumnA and some indexes, one of which accessed ColumnA - we'll call it IDX_ColumnA. My goal was to sync the datatype of ColumnA and nothing else. I turned off the "Indexes" option hoping it wouldn't attempt to sync them.

Here's what I wanted the script to do:

Instead, what it included was DROP INDEX statements for all those that existed in the target but not the source, and then the ALTER COLUMN.

Is there any way I can achieve what I want?
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Postby Brian Donahue » Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:45 pm

SQL Compare only drops indexes when it absolutely needs to allow SQL Server to accept the changes. Without knowing the schema I can't say why the indexes are being dropped in your case. So there may not be an option that you can set to avoid it.
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