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SQL Server – How to Move Table to Another Schema

Starting with SQL Server 2005 all tables are grouped into schemas. While creating a table if the schema name is not specified it is created in the default schema of the user creating it. you can use ALTER SCHEMA command to move tables between schemas.

For example, if I create a table using below script it will be created under my default schema which is dbo:

USE [SqlAndMe]

GO

 

CREATE TABLE Employee

(

       ID     INT,

       Name VARCHAR(20)

)

GO

SELECT name, [schema] = SCHEMA_NAME(schema_id)

FROM   sys.tables

WHERE  name = 'Employee'

GO

Result Set:

name          schema

Employee      dbo

 

(1 row(s) affected)

As you can see from the output the table is currently in dbo schema.

Now to move this table to another schema using ALTER SCHEMA command, first we need to create the schema if it does not exist already. After that we can move table to new schema.

USE [SqlAndMe]

GO

 

CREATE SCHEMA HumanResources

GO

 

ALTER SCHEMA HumanResources

TRANSFER dbo.Employee

GO

 

SELECT name, [schema] = SCHEMA_NAME(schema_id)

FROM   sys.tables

WHERE  name = 'Employee'

GO

Result Set:

name          schema

Employee      HumanResources

 

(1 row(s) affected)

As you can see from the output the Employee table is now moved to HumanResources schema.

 

Hope This Helps!

Vishal

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