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Posted - January 03 2007 :  15:36:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We updated production/server with all our products, categories, configurations, etc. I then wanted to update my localhost SQL db to mimic the tables in production for further testing, etc. I'm using Export Data through MS SQL Management Studio as follows:

On localhost
1. Dropped all tables
2. Ran create600sqlserver.sql to recreate tables/indexes

Then in Export Data edited mappings to Append Rows and Enable Identity Insert.

Everything runs fine but nothing matches on localhost (products in wrong categories, cross-sells attached to wrong items, etc.)

I looked at the raw SQL tables in production and the Identity columns are NOT in order ASCENDING, they are in a random order. Hence the append on localhost creates the Identity (e.g. products "catalogid") in numerical order ASC. Yet in the same table on server the catalogid is not in any order (9,13,14,1,2,3,11,10...)

I've never seen this before (have other projects that are fine).

Edited by - nxpage on January 03 2007 15:37:23

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Posted - January 03 2007 :  15:42:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Can you try making a backup file of your database and then restoring it on your local instead of using DTS?

You'd have to do the same thing with dropping all tables then recreating them using the create600sqlserver.sql script, but then restore the BAK file instead of using DTS.

I'm not sure if it will work, but it's worth a try!

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Posted - January 03 2007 :  16:02:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Sebastian, but getting a SQL backup file requires the intervention of our host (and in some instances a cost to do that). DTS is the simplest/fastest way to sync with production data on a regular basis.

I just noticed that the end of create600sqlserver.sql has all the tables with NONCLUSTERED indexes. I believe that's the problem.

VPASP question -- why are they done that way? CLUSTERED indexes have a number of advantages over NONCLUSTERED. Now that we've input all our data I'm not sure how we can change this (not a SQL guru by any means).

*** EDIT *** Sorry, they are ALTER TABLE - CONSTRAINTS as nonclustered:

constraint [pk_products] primary key nonclustered

Edited by - nxpage on January 03 2007 16:07:52
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