SQL Server 2008 Collation Alignment with Windows Server 2008

SQL Server 2008 Collation Alignment with Windows Server 2008

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SQL Server 2008 is fully aligned with the collations in Windows Server 2008.
To this end, it has 80 new collations which are denoted by *_100 version references.

The total number of variations for these collations exceeds 1400.
The purpose of this enhancement is to provide users with the most up-to-date and linguistically accurate cultural sorting conventions.

In order to see the new collations along with their variations in SQL Server 2008 you can use the following T-SQL query:

–Get new collation details
SELECT [name], [description]
FROM sys.fn_helpcollations()
WHERE [name] LIKE ‘%100%’

For more information on SQL Server 2008 Collation and Unicode Support you can check out the following link.


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