Seibar Seibar - 4 months ago 13x
SQL Question

T-SQL: How do I create a unique key that is case sensitive?

How do I create a unique constraint on a

field that is case sensitive (SQL Server 2005)?

Currently my constraint looks like this:

alter table MyTable
add constraint UK_MyTable_MyUniqueKey unique nonclustered (MyCol)

When I try to insert the following two values, I get a "Violation of UNIQUE KEY constraint..." error.

insert into MyTable (MyCol) values ('ABC')
insert into MyTable (MyCol) values ('abc') --causes a violation of UNIQUE KEY constraint 'UK_MyTable_MyUnqiueKey'

I would like the two differently-cased values to be handled as unqiue. I imagine it will involve the following code, but I do not know how it changes my
add constraint

COLLATE SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CS_AS


This will change the column to be case sensitive. I don't think there's any change to your constraint...

ALTER TABLE mytable 
COLLATE SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CS_AS

Any selects or joins on this column will become case sensitive as a result of this operation.