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Use DELETE On Many Tables With Foreign Keys

By awmuse`,

When deleting data from many tables, foreign key constraints can force you to specifically order your DELETE commands. This can take tons of time, especially if you have many tables.  Here's a technique I use to delete data in the correct order during the restaging of test databases.

It makes use of the system stored procedure sp_MSdependencies which does the work of finding the hierarchy of table dependencies.

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