MSSQL Tips: Tip #10 – Different Ways to Find SQL Server Object Dependencies

In my 10th MSSQLTips tip you will learn about different ways to display objects dependencies and you will learn how to use provided scripts in your day-to-day work.

Please read the latest MSSQL Tip: “Different Ways to Find SQL Server Object Dependencies“.

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Q&A – SQL Server Developer: How to search for the text in stored procedures

SQL Server provides different metadata views that can help developers in their work, but sometimes developers are not up to date with the latest system tables and views changes.

In this Q&A we provide the query to search for the specific text in the stored procedures, views or functions. This is the easiest way to search for the string in objects definitions:

WHERE [definition] LIKE '%my_search_string%'

Another way is using syscomments system table which was used in older versions of SQL Server:

SELECT OBJECT_NAME(ID) FROM sys.syscomments 
WHERE [text] LIKE '%my_search_string%'

Also, you can use OBJECT_DEFINITION metadata function:

SELECT name, type_desc FROM sys.all_objects 


Backup-Copy-Restore with one script using SQLCMD mode option in SSMS

One of the most common DBAs tasks is databases backup and restore. We do this to test the backups, to refresh test databases, to migrate the databases etc. For some of the tasks we have scripts, for others we need to create scripts on the fly.

Here I would like to share with you a simple script that you will need to run in SQL Server Management Studio’s (SSMS) SQLCMD mode. This script will allow you to create the backup, copy the backup file and restore it on the different server – all from a single SSMS window.

Start new query in SSMS and under “Query” menu select “SQLCMD Mode”:


Run this script (replace host name and SQL Server Instance name for the source and destination variables):


Note, that I commented out the “MOVE” option. Remember to add it to the script if your destination database files’ locations are different from the source.

Get the script from the SkyDrive here.