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Nonclustered indexes


Nonclustered indexes

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How are null values handled on a column with a nonclustered index?

I was asked this question and didn't have an answer. Are the nulls stored in the index itself? Is there a way to view the contents of an index?

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They're stored just like any other value.

You can use DBCC PAGE to view data/index pages if you like. It's undocumented, but there are enough articles mentioning it.

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