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Avoiding invalid object name errors with temporary tables for BizTalk, Reporting Services and apps using SET FMTONLY

Published Tuesday, April 11, 2017 2:26 PM by Greg Low

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Greg O'Connell said:

Nice article as always Greg. For some context, and  to give the punters an idea of the high esteem (not) in which SET FMTONLY is now held, even at Microsoft, BOL says:


Do not use this feature. This feature has been replaced by sp_describe_first_result_set (Transact-SQL), sp_describe_undeclared_parameters (Transact-SQL), sys.dm_exec_describe_first_result_set (Transact-SQL), and sys.dm_exec_describe_first_result_set_for_object (Transact-SQL)...." (

I'm amused that they still describe it as a "feature"; I yearn for the day that it is finally banished from the SQL Server ecosystem forever. :-)

Thanks again.

April 23, 2017 4:21 AM

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