Tuesday, July 21, 2009

SQL Server 2008 Collation Alignment with Windows Server 2008

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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Reference: The SQL Server and .NET Hub (http://www.sqlnethub.com)