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sp_MSForEachDB is an undocumented procedure so use it with caution. You can use sp_MSForEachDB to loop over all the database to run a query or a proc. For example if you want the count of all sysobjects in every database run this.

  1. EXEC sp_MSForEachDB ' select ''[?]'',count(*) from [?].dbo.sysobjects'


If you need to exclude the system databases then use this

  1. EXEC sp_MSForEachDB 'IF ''[?]'' NOT IN (''[master]'', ''[model]'', ''[msdb]'', ''[tempdb]'')
  2. select ''[?]'',count(*) from [?].dbo.sysobjects'

To list all the tables and all their columns in each database you can run this (might take a while to run)

  1. EXEC sp_MSForEachDB 'IF ''[?]'' NOT IN (''[master]'', ''[model]'', ''[msdb]'', ''[tempdb]'')
  2. select ''[?]'' as DB_name,table_name,column_name from [?].information_schema.columns
  3. order by 1,table_name,ordinal_position'


Contributed by: --SQLDenis 15:38, 31 May 2008 (GMT)


Part of SQL Server Programming Hacks

Section Undocumented but handy

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