Create a Table in SQL Server in SBS 2003 {Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices book excerpt]

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Creating the Tracking Table

You should always have a bona fide business purpose for creating a database and populating it with information. SPRINGERS is no exception. Here the underlying business purpose is clear: to use SQL Server to solve a problem. The problem is that, with the sheer volume of Springer Spaniels entering the world at SPRINGERS, you must have a method for tracking their whereabouts and exact origin. From the simple table here (a data dictionary) you’ll create the Tracking table in SQL Server. This allows you to achieve the important business goal of tracking Springer Spaniels.

Table 14-1 shows the data dictionary that you will use to create the database.

Table 14-1: SPRINGERS Data Dictionary


Item (Column Name)



Database name


Table name for tracking springer spaniels


Name of dog (column name, Data Type = char,Length = 30)


Long name of dog for show purposes (column name,Data Type = char, Length = 50)


Father dog’s name (column name, Data Type =char, Length = 30)


Mother dog’s name (column name, Data Type = char,Length = 30)


Dog’s date of birth (column name, Data Type =datetime, Length = 8)


American Kennel Club (AKC) registration number(column name, Data Type = char, Length = 15)


Now commence the task of creating your Tracking table:

1.         Log on to the SBS server machine as Administrator with the pass­word Husky9999!

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1                    Click Start, All Programs, Microsoft SQL Server, Enterprise Manager.

2                    Expand the following objects in the left pane: Microsoft SQL Serv­ers, SQL Server Group, SPRINGERS1 (Windows NT).

3                    Expand Databases, SSLDOG and then right-click the Table icon in the left pane. Select New Table from the secondary menu.

4                    The New Table in SSLDOG on SPRINGERS1 screen appears. Cre­ate the table based on the information contained in Table 14-1. For example, enter the column name under the Column Name column. Enter the data type under the Data Type column. Enter the field length in the Length column. You will not modify the Allow Nulls column. The result should look similar to Figure 14-9.


Figure 14-9

Tracking table setup.

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BEST PRACTICE: Move your cursor from field to field just like you would when using a spreadsheet. When your cursor is in the Data Type field, a down arrow appears. This is a drop-down menu containing the different types of data type fields you’ll be working with (for example, datetime).

1                    Click the Save icon on the left side of the toolbar (disk icon) on the New Table in SSLDOG on SPRINGERS1 screen. Type Tracking in the Enter a name for the table field when the Choose Name dialog box appears. Click OK.

2                    Close the Tracking Table window via the X in the upper-right cor­


ner of the screen. If you look at the table listed for SSLDOG database in the SQL Server Enterprise Manager, you will see that the Tracking table is listed in alphabetical order right after the sysusers table.



Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation

Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP

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