How to Manage Your SQL Server Version Control

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Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:59 pm

Like the weather, SQL coders and database managers talk about version control, but many of them do not do anything regarding it. SQL Server Version control means managing the versions of the objects developed and deployed in their SQL Server environments. Typically, this involves programmers and DBAs looking at scripts such as object creation development scripts into Visual Source Safe (VSS), or a similar version control software, after they produce them and then checking them out and in once again when they make modifications.

Most shops use version control to keep a record of their code - but why not consider the database? Making use of Randolph, you'll usually know your database development is fully versioned, that you lose nothing and can always go back - with virtually absolutely no effort on your part!

You will find a number of benefits which comes with establishing version control:

1. Control of the versions of objects which are used inside the different environments
2. Databases object retrieval
3. Change tracking -- detection of new or deleted objects
4. Difference tracking -- detection of what's modified in an object
5. Background and rationale of object modifications
6. Marking of a version of database objects to develop upgrade scripts
7. Simplified troubleshooting method by understanding specifically what has changed; and the capability to roll back modifications to prior versions of the objects

An incredibly good SQL Server Version control software would allow you to perform those activities:

- Full save of the database's entities
- An successful GUI: Enables an efficient searching through the database's entities
- Their various attributes, their full background, and an easy access of each entity's entire source code at every point in time
- Sophisticated reports: Know exactly what happened on your database across time
- Looking and filtering by means of entities
- Looking at Entities - what specifically has changed with each database entity at any point in time
- Integration with SourceSafe, Subversion and Microsoft Team Foundation Server
- Built-in scripting engine
- Not only the databases: full monitoring of SQL Server level entities (Logins, Jobs...)

This tool actually does exist. It adjusts the responsibility for SQL Server versioning from the users towards the software. Its light-weight, effortless to make use of tool that runs within the background and keeps track of all your databases schema and data adjustments over time, and allows full review of databases' history, and full rollback to any point in time, too as optionally push adjustments into existing systems (Subversion, SourceSafe or Team Foundation Server).
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