Find what database and object a column belongs to

August 10, 2006



>>Script Language and Platform: SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005
This script searches a column on all the databases from a server.

Note: Please update @columnnametosearch with the column name that you are searching. Please choose the right script based on your SQL Server version.

Author: MAK


--If SQL Server 2000

use master
go
set quoted_identifier off
declare @columnnametosearch varchar(128)
declare @query varchar(1000)
set @columnnametosearch ='Firstname'
set @query='set quoted_identifier off begin use [?] end begin 
 select db_name() as databasename,
 object_name(id) as Objectname,
 Name as ColumnName from syscolumns 
 where name ="'+@columnnametosearch+'" end'
--print @query
exec sp_msforeachdb @query

--If SQL Server 2005

use master
go
set quoted_identifier off
declare @columnnametosearch varchar(128)
declare @query varchar(1000)
set @columnnametosearch ='Firstname'
set @query='set quoted_identifier off begin use [?] end begin 
 select db_name() as databasename,
 object_name(object_id) as Objectname,
 Name as ColumnName from sys.columns 
 where name ="'+@columnnametosearch+'" end'
--print @query
exec sp_msforeachdb @query



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