SQL Server System Stored Procedures
System Stored Procedures System stored procedures are packaged with SQL Server. Many procedures are used to administer SQL Server, but some are utilities that can be profitablly used by developers. They are global, and can be called from any database application without their fully qualified name. (They are all owned by dbo. They are all stored in the Master database, and have the prefix sp_.
This is a reason why it is considered unwise to name local stored procedures with the sp_ prefix. They can be read by viewing their properties in the Query Analyzer. The system-stored procedures are grouped into these categories. Category Description Active Directory Procedures Used to register instances of SQL Server and SQL Server databases in Microsoft Windows® 2000 Active Directory™. Catalog Procedures Implements ODBC data dictionary functions and isolates ODBC applications from changes to underlying system tables.
Cursor Procedures Implements cursor variable functionality. Database Maintenance Plan Procedures Used to set up core maintenance tasks necessary to ensure database performance. Distributed Queries Procedures Used to implement and manage Distributed Queries. Full-Text Search Procedures Used to implement and query full-text indexes. Log Shipping Procedures Used to configure and manage log shipping. OLE Automation Procedures Allows standard OLE automation objects to be used within a standard Transact-SQL batch. Replication Procedures Used to manage replication. Security Procedures Used to manage security. SQL Mail Procedures Used to perform e-mail operations from within SQL Server.
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