set identity_insert Geo Country on go insert into Geo Country (all columns including IDentity column) select 18, (all columns except IDentity column) from Geo Country where Country ID = 250 -- Delete will only work if no referencing FK's delete Geo Country where Country ID = 250 set identity_insert Geo Country off go You cannot update the Identity Column in SQL Server.

You have to delete the original record, then Insert the record with the Identity value because there is no support for updating an identity value.

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In the case when the newly added column increases the maximum possible row size over the 8060 bytes limit the column cannot be added online.

For all the cases above the behavior will revert to adding the column ‘offline’, by updating every row in the table during the ALTER TABLE statement, creating a size-of-data update.

The only trick is to remember to not specify the value for Tracking Number, and let the DB do its thing.

Sequences are cool in that you can have one sequence that is used by multiple tables, giving you somewhat shorter db-wide unique IDs than alternatives in the past.

I intentionally copied the output of DBCC PAGE for the next slot in the page, to show that the record with id=2 was unaffected, it continues to have a smaller size of 15 bytes and Column 3 has no physical length.

Default expressions that require a different value for each row, like cannot be added online (the default expression has to be a runtime constant, not to be confused with a deterministic expression, see Conor vs.

The ‘default’ value is pushed into the row, even if the column was not modified.

I have a table filled with data and one of the columns - Tracking Number - is an integer value.

In this step we are doing an UPDATE to the table and for each row that is updated we are updating the variable by 1 as well as the id column in the table.

This can be seen here (SET @id = id = @id 1) where we are making the @id value and the id column equal to the current @id value 1.

Make sure you turn it back off when you complete the update.