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Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2009 3:15 AM


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Hey all

I'm working in an SQLServer 2005 environment where we have a production and development database.

Till recently we have been using a trail version of SQL Delta 4 to do Database Comparison between Production and Development databases. The company has decided not to purchase a license for SQL Delta till end of the year.

So ... now I'm kinda stuck.

It seems funny that Microsoft did not include a Database Comparison tool in SQLServer 2005.

Does anybody know of a cheap(free if possible) yet efficient method of comparing databases.

The basic comparison I mostly use is New and Changed Tables, Relationships, Stored Procedures, Views and Functions.



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Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2009 3:23 AM
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Redgate do a similar tool, not sure about the price though, in comparison.

this link might help

http://weblogs.sqlteam.com/mladenp/archive/2007/11/20/Free-SQL-Server-tools-that-might-make-your-life-a.aspx



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Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2009 3:24 AM


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I can point you to these free tools:

http://www.codeplex.com/OpenDBiff
http://www.sqleffects.com/Articles/Product/sqlAccordInfo/aboutSqlAccordCommunityEd.html
http://www.sqldbtools.com/
http://weblogs.sqlteam.com/mladenp/archive/2007/08/10/60279.aspx

but I have tried none of them.

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Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2009 8:28 AM


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Inexpensive, Red Gate's SQL Compare. Fantastic tool.

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Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2009 8:42 AM


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Thanks guys

OpenDBiff will do for know till the managers decide we can purchase SQL Delta.

OpenDBiff ain't the best I've seen but its free and at least I can see what objects needs to be moved/altered in the Production DB.




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Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2009 8:51 AM


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Microsoft included tablediff in the product, however this isn't necessarily a trivial task. It takes some time and effort to get it working right.

I work for Red Gate, but I'd suggest that if it's a big deal, Apex, Red Gate, any of the vendors are worth the investment to save yourself some time. Or let things slow down and have management realize that they aren't saving $$ by not investing in tools.







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