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Insert binary data like images into SQL Server without front-end application

I came across this solution for some months ago on another forum.
It is very handy, so I thought i should share it.

CREATE TABLE myTable(Document varbinary(max)) 
INSERT INTO myTable(Document) 
SELECT * FROM
OPENROWSET(BULK N'C:\Image1.jpg', SINGLE_BLOB)

Print | posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 12:35 PM | Filed Under [ Administration ]

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# re: Insert binary data like images into SQL Server without front-end application

Wow .. it's that easy??? Very, very cool -- thanks Peter!!!
9/26/2007 4:50 PM | Jeff
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I don't think it work for SQL Server 2000.
The SINGLE_BLOB setting was introduced for SQL Server 2005, if I am not mistaking.
9/26/2007 9:38 PM | Peso
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yeah.. this is not possible in ss2k
i use this for fast xml import among other thing :)
http://weblogs.sqlteam.com/mladenp/archive/2007/06/18/60235.aspx
9/27/2007 11:54 AM | Mladen
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Great Post! --- I added a loop script to it for a bunch of images I needed to put into my db...

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DECLARE @imgString varchar(80)
DECLARE @insertString varchar(3000)


SET @imgNumber = 1

WHILE @imgNumber < 101

BEGIN

SET @imgString = 'E:\images\Picture' + CONVERT(varchar,@imgNumber) + '.jpg'

SET @insertString = N'INSERT INTO images(imageData)
SELECT * FROM OPENROWSET(BULK N''' + @imgString + ''', SINGLE_BLOB) as tempImg'

EXEC(@insertString)

SET @imgNumber = @imgNumber + 1

END

GO
---------------------------------

Again, Thanks for the post

Best Regards
10/23/2007 8:24 PM | mgarrettdev
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# re: Insert binary data like images into SQL Server without front-end application

What is the easiest way in SQL Server 2000?
11/9/2007 2:14 AM | Alex
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It gives an error:"A correlation name must be specified for the bulk rowset in the from clause."
12/11/2008 8:07 AM | Lokesh
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Add a table alias for the OPENROWSET function.
12/11/2008 11:37 AM | Peso
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thank u dear..
i was looking for it since very long
now i got it
thx
4/4/2009 9:14 AM | abid
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# re: Insert binary data like images into SQL Server without front-end application

What do u mean by
Add a table alias for the OPENROWSET function.
how?? i am a noob in SQL
4/22/2009 8:10 AM | Blur
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this is great it is working in SQL Express 2005 . no change required.
5/3/2009 1:21 AM | Amal De Silva
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What do u mean by
Add a table alias for the OPENROWSET function.
how?? i am a noob in SQL

Select * from OPENROWSET(BULK N'D:\aa.gif', SINGLE_BLOB) as image


') as image' is compulsory in above statement.you cannot negate it
5/9/2009 11:59 AM | mynk
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can u provide me for sql server 2000
5/9/2009 1:23 PM | Gurpreet Singh Mental
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I have an error: Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'BULK'.

I'm using Sql Server 2005
5/19/2009 9:25 AM | ker
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Have you checked your compatibility level?
It must be set to 90 or higher.
5/19/2009 11:10 AM | Peso
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Thanks alot.

This works too:

UPDATE table
SET column =
(SELECT * FROM
OPENROWSET(BULK N'D:\Filename.aspx', SINGLE_BLOB) AS ORS)
WHERE ID = 2
6/2/2009 9:49 PM | Kris
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Hi,

I have a varbinary(max) column in my database table in which i am saving "test.docx" file (remember it;s a docx file, not doc). When i am performing a string search on this column then it is returning no result. The same search is running on "doc" files saved in binary format in database.

My search query is

Select * from <tablename>
where convert(varchar(max),<mybinarycolumn>) like '%<keywordtosearch>%';

is there a way i can perform a binary search on this table.

please reply asap.
6/8/2009 11:49 AM | vijay
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You will have to convert to search parameter value to varbinary too.
Or use the new FILESTREAM datatype.
6/8/2009 12:07 PM | Peso
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thnxs very much!!!

Its wonderful to work with such thing............
8/11/2009 4:25 AM | Anup
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thnxs very much!!!

Its wonderful to work with such thing............
8/11/2009 4:25 AM | Anup
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Hey can any1 guide on how to insert into an image in sql*plus 2002
8/13/2009 12:02 PM | kunal
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am new to sqlsevre am now using sqlserver 2000 i dont no how to insert photo in sqlsever and how to extract it. if any know just please post me my email id shri.nandini@gmail.com

am doing in my project have lot to develop my front end jsp so please help.
9/17/2009 9:17 PM | nandini
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Im trying a simple script to insert into the table but get a really arb error. I have tried as an image but crystal reports wont read it. I have converted it to a Varbinary (255) and ge the following error.

INSERT INTO [Broker info].[dbo].[Broker Image]
([cpkBrokerRef]
,[Broker Number]
,[Broker image])
VALUES
(2322
,345235
,'C:\Documents and Settings\pmasters\My Documents\My Pictures\IAM\arsig.JPG')

Implicit conversion from data type varchar to varbinary is not allowed. Use the CONVERT function to run this query.
9/18/2009 9:24 AM | Paul
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# re: Insert binary data like images into SQL Server without front-end application

You're trying to insert string datatype item into the image type field.
Guys, I have Access database, how to insert an usual textfile into the field of type "OLE Object"??
9/23/2009 10:57 AM | Lev
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# re: Insert binary data like images into SQL Server without front-end application

You're trying to insert string datatype item into the image type field.
Guys, I have Access database, how to insert an usual textfile into the field of type "OLE Object"??
9/23/2009 10:57 AM | Lev
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Hey, I have to upload a word document to test for a clase, I know we need to make it a binary file and then upload, but honestly, we keep searching and just don't get it... I think the answers here are more or less what we want to do, but if you could guide us a little it'd be great
9/30/2009 6:35 PM | nikegirl2012
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need SQL-2000 Image Insert
10/10/2009 11:41 AM | kaucher alam
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GREAT

How do you get the image back out to the file system?

Or do we just let the front end grab it?
11/18/2009 7:25 PM | Brett
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# re: Insert binary data like images into SQL Server without front-end application

You can use BCP. Or the front-end, as you suggest.
11/18/2009 9:18 PM | Peso
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Nice Concept. Thanks.
12/29/2009 1:02 PM | Venkateswarlu Cherukuri
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Hi Guys, for any of you struggling to update a single row:
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declare @image varchar(max)

set @image = (SELECT BulkColumn from Openrowset( Bulk 'C:\CBR600RR9.jpg', Single_Blob) as BikeImage)
UPDATE Models
SET ModelImage = @image where ModelName = 'CBR600RR9'
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
1/5/2010 10:55 AM | Haxsta
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# re: Insert binary data like images into SQL Server without front-end application

Shouldn't @image variable be declared as VARBINARY(MAX) instead?
1/5/2010 10:58 AM | Peso
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# re: Insert binary data like images into SQL Server without front-end application

Perhaps, but in my case it worked out fine. I'll keep that in mind though.. Thanks..
1/5/2010 11:44 AM | Haxsta
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thanks man, its wonderful how its is simple and do the work instead of stream inserting....
thanks again
1/17/2010 4:22 PM | Hamza Malkawi
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Brilliant, I've been looking for this for ages. So simple aswell. Why the F doesn't MS have this on their site!
Cheers
1/26/2010 4:19 PM | Aaron
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# re: Insert binary data like images into SQL Server without front-end application

They do here http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms190312.aspx
1/26/2010 4:22 PM | Peso
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I am refering SQL Server2005. i am trying to insert image into the database without using front end. It is very difficult to insert the image. and display that table in asp.net. plz sir,tell me how to insert the image and display that image in asp.net?

I tried to insert image like following code
create table image(image_name image,path ntext);
insert into image values("C:\winter.jpg","C:\Winter.jpg");
Select * from OPENROWSET(BULK N'C:\Winter.jpg', SINGLE_BLOB) as image

it dint work. plz tell me how to insert the image without using front end . and display that image in asp.net
2/1/2010 2:01 PM | Sunita
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# re: Insert binary data like images into SQL Server without front-end application

A correlation name must be specified for the bulk rowset in the from clause.
Add the correlation name like dis

CREATE TABLE myTable(Document varbinary(max)) INSERT INTO myTable(Document) SELECT * FROM OPENROWSET(BULK N'C:\Image1.jpg', SINGLE_BLOB) as look

in the above query (look) is the correlation name u can use any name
2/8/2010 11:07 AM | Rakesh
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@ Sunita

Omit the semicolon preceding SELECT, since INSERT and SELECT are parts of 1 statement.

forjo
2/11/2010 3:40 PM | forjo
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is it possible to use this outside of sql in an jsp page using a form
2/18/2010 12:16 AM | david
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i have tried the code u gave but didnt work an error "Cannot bulk load. The file "C:\Blue hills.jpg" does not exist"
is shown though the file with the correct name is present on the desktop. plzzzzzzz help as soon as possible
3/22/2010 12:41 PM | NAS
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The path to the file is relative to the SQL Server you are executing the code, not your local machine.
3/22/2010 2:39 PM | Peso
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hi i want to convert table data in to XML format after that i want to insert that xml format data into specific table column in sql server 2000
so it is possible i want to make it for dynamic query ------------------sharad
5/10/2010 7:05 AM | sharad
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Hi
pls tell me what are sql binaries and its location
5/25/2010 4:06 PM | priya
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Thank's but is there a way to restore image from database to c:\Image.jpg? Using sgl syntax?
6/6/2010 2:37 PM | Romick
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You can use BCP or OPENROWSET for that.
6/6/2010 3:22 PM | Peso
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Please send to me answer as early as posible
7/12/2010 1:30 PM | Satyam
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Iam getting an error:

A correlation name must be specified for the bulk rowset in the from clause.
Add the correlation name like dis

CREATE TABLE myTable(Document varbinary(max)) INSERT INTO myTable(Document) SELECT * FROM OPENROWSET(BULK N'C:\Image1.jpg', SINGLE_BLOB)



Im using sql server 2008....plzzzzzzzzz help me...thanks a lot...
7/13/2010 9:30 PM | Diwakar Choudhary
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# re: Insert binary data like images into SQL Server without front-end application

Hi Diwakar,

Please add alias like below:

CREATE TABLE myTable(Document varbinary(max)) INSERT INTO myTable(Document) SELECT * FROM OPENROWSET(BULK N'C:\Image1.jpg', SINGLE_BLOB) as Imagefile

Imagefile can be any name.
7/25/2010 3:48 PM | Shirin
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It did not work for me in SQL2008!!!!!!!
8/26/2010 8:57 AM | Amir
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Maybe you can help me out. What if mt picture name is matching one ID field. Is there a way to do import of many images into specific record by ID field?
9/8/2010 1:28 PM | thomas
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# re: Insert binary data like images .JPG file) into SQL Server without front-end application

I tried to insert the image file in SQL Server 2000 and getting this error. Can somebody help?

SQL Command I used:

CREATE TABLE PS_MURTHY_ELECTR1(Document varbinary(max))
INSERT INTO PS_MURTHY_ELECTR1(Document) SELECT * FROM OPENROWSET(BULK N'C:\temp\1007877.jpg', SINGLE_BLOB) as Imagefile

The error I am getting is:

Msg 170, Level 15, State 1, Line 1
Line 1: Incorrect syntax near 'max'.
Msg 156, Level 15, State 1, Line 2
Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'BULK'.
11/24/2010 11:53 PM | Murthy Gullapalli
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varbinary(max) is for sql server 2005 and later. Also, the bulk option is for sql server 2005 and later.
11/25/2010 6:55 AM | Peso
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Thanks Peso for the info.

For SQL Server 2000, is there any way I can load the .JPG file to SQL Table?
11/25/2010 10:26 PM | Murthy Gullapalli
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Hi this post is very helpful. However, i havent got ,mine to work. Even though i added the image in my c drive i get the following message.

Cannot bulk load. The file "C:\signat.JPG" does not exist.

can anyone tell me if i need to do anything extra inorder for this to work. Thanks alot.
12/1/2010 9:48 PM | Kay
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I figured what was wrong. Thank you all.
12/1/2010 10:01 PM | Kay
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I am getting the following error..

Msg 4861, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
Cannot bulk load because the file "D:\Mayank\1.jpg" could not be opened. Operating system error code 3(The system cannot find the path specified.).


Can u plz help me to get out of this.
12/20/2010 6:14 AM | Mayank
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# re: Insert binary data like images into SQL Server without front-end application

Remember you are executing the query on your server, not your local workstation.
The path to the file must be relative your server, not your workstation.
12/20/2010 2:25 PM | Peso
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# re: Insert binary data like images into SQL Server without front-end application

TRY THIS !!!
YOU SET DATATYPE OF THAT COLUMN AS IMAGE
THEN
INSERT INTO TABLENAME VALUES('PATH OF IMAGE')
IMAGE STORE IN BINARY DATATYPE

BUT I WANT
HOW TO RETRIVE IT??
1/22/2011 1:07 PM | CHAN
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SELECT {Your column name here} FROM {Your table name here}
WHERE {Your primary key column name here} = {Your primary key value here}
1/22/2011 3:00 PM | Peso
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Very cool, works exceptionally well!
2/25/2011 10:43 PM | John
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i have been trying to insert pdf in sql server 2000 database ..but it is not allowing to me to insert files.

error 1 ::Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'BULK'.

i am using image data type..
i think sql 2000 not supporting to BULK.

How to insert files in sql 2000........
3/2/2011 3:14 PM | trying to grow ..help needed
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# re: Insert binary data like images into SQL Server without front-end application

Hi all,

I want to to retrieve an blob(binay image i.e stored in database) data from sql server 2005 and to show the image in visual studio-2008 windows form(front end).


Thanx in advance.

c#.net code is appricaated
5/13/2011 8:26 AM | Sharad
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# re: Insert binary data like images into SQL Server without front-end application

There is a tool called textcopy.exe
You can find it under MSSQL\Binn or get it with SQL Server 2000 SP4

Alexander Chigrik wrote a nice stored procedure for usinig it with SQL query:

www.mssqlcity.com/Articles/KnowHow/Textcopy.htm
5/31/2011 11:19 AM | Gooner85
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Can any one guide me how to insert image into a PDF.I have retrieved the image present in database into my local folder.Now I want to put this image into a PDF.I want code in sql server 2005.Plz help.....
6/13/2011 1:41 PM | Wasem
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Is there a way to copy image (OLE Objects) from Access into an existing SQL (2000) table?
7/7/2011 12:39 AM | Steve Russell
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nice thread guys! i learn a lot from here.. good job!
7/27/2011 11:48 AM | darylljoe
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I tried to insert the image file in SQL Server 2005 and getting this error:

Cannot bulk load. The file "C:\BestFind\Image1.jpg" does not exist.

plz tell me where i need to put image so that sql can fatch..
please help me urgent..
7/29/2011 8:05 AM | Mukesh
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The path to the file is relative SQL Server, not your local machine.
This is still true if you have SQL Server installed on your laptop.
7/29/2011 11:16 AM | Peso
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thanx it is working!!!!!!!!
7/30/2011 7:35 AM | Mukesh
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I tried to fatch the image file from SQL Server 2005 and show in asp.net

How to fatch, please guide me
7/30/2011 7:38 AM | Mukesh
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# re: Insert binary data like images into SQL Server without front-end application

Try using the image control, or the ADODB.Stream object.
7/30/2011 8:39 AM | Peso
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how we can convert a image to binary form???
10/27/2011 8:36 AM | Jophy
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hi can we do it without using bulk as i don,t have permission to use bulk load..
11/22/2011 7:49 AM | manoj
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Thnx
1/11/2012 11:17 AM | Shadi
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Cannot bulk load. The file "images.jpg" does not exist.
1/21/2012 11:15 AM | samy
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It does, but you have to use the path to the file, relative the server.
1/21/2012 10:47 PM | Peso
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how can i save a binary image into my database using sql 2008 !!! ???
2/10/2012 7:05 PM | sam
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# re: fetch images form SQL Server 2005 to vb .net.

Hi,
I'm doing project for my final year software engineering and i have problem with fetching images form back end. I'm using VB .net as front end and sql server 2005 as back end.
please help... :(
3/15/2012 2:04 PM | Preeti
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# re: Insert binary data like images into SQL Server without front-end application

Hi sir
Plese tell me how to insert an image into an oracle database table?I have created the table as
CREATE TABLE GRAPHICS_TABLE(image_id int,image BLOB)
Is this correct?if yes how can i write the insert query now?
3/18/2012 6:16 AM | Sruthi
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Hi, I've loaded SQL Server 2008 Express in my laptop and trying to create a table with a column of VARBINARY(MAX) type. While creating it doesn't give any error. But when I give command "INSERT INTO tablename (column_name) SELECT column_name FROM column_name FROM OPENROWSET(BULK N'path_of_image', SINGLE_BLOB) AS tt", I get "Msg 207, Level 16, State 1, Server MyMcName\SQLEXPRESS, Line 1 Invalid column name 'column_name'. Can anybody pls help in resolving this issue..
5/30/2012 3:47 AM | Vasudev
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Thanks Peter!!!
8/16/2012 11:33 PM | Diego
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