Frequently Used Catalog Views In SQL Server 2005
Where else to look when no documentation is being provided when faced with becoming an accidental DBA? Catalog Views! For one thing, just by using these views, you can find all the user tables, their columns, data types and data sizes. Here’s an example.
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Catalog views return information that is used by the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Database Engine. You can make use of these catalog views because they are the most general interface to the catalog metadata and provide the most efficient way to obtain, transform, and present customized forms of this information. Catalog views do not contain information about replication, backup, Database Maintenance Plan, or SQL Server Agent catalog data. Lets discuss some of the commonly used catalog views in SQL2005.