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Posted - 12/13/2012 :  12:27:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
When trying to modify a column data type in a 3rd party database, I get a message stating that "Saving changes is not permitted" and that tables would have to be dropped or recreated.

Is there a prevent option or something I need to change?

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Posted - 12/13/2012 :  12:36:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would be weary about changing it if it is a vendor database - might void your warranty or break their code or middle tier applications.

However, if you do want to do it, Tools->Options->Designers->Table and Database Designers and uncheck the "Prevent saving changes that require table recreation".
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Posted - 12/13/2012 :  12:45:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great, thank you very much, that was the problem
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Posting Yak Master

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Posted - 12/18/2012 :  03:52:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, that's a good one
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Posted - 12/21/2012 :  17:53:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Whenver possible, you should use an
statement instead of changing the table thru SSMS "Design". SSMS is not only much more overhead, but it can sometimes "hang" and/or cause strange errors.
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