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  1. When SQL Server sets up merge replication it creates a rowguid column to maintain integrity between the tables of the publisher and subscriber. Typically this setup doesn't exist in non-prod environments which ends up generating false positives differences.

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  2. Please add an option in the UI of SQL Compare to include static data. This would be equivalent to the command-line option "Include:StaticData"

    If selected it would compare and deploy data changes to the target DB (along with the schema changes), and ideally it could also link the static data table in the target DB if not already linked. Use case is where a new table is created and linked in a dev branch and you want to deploy to trunk.

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  3. Sometimes, we create the migration script using SQL Comapare and schedule it for deployment. Then, it turns out, some feature has to to production ASAP, so I create the procedure there manually.
    I would love the script not to fail in that case, ie. to ignore and overwrite the existing procedure.

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  4. Bring back the side by side html output, please!!!

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  5. When comparing sequences, ANY difference triggers the program to indicate a difference. In reality, when it comes to sequences, the START WITH value changes with use. If two environments are being compared and one is used for different testing, or even as a production environment, the START WITH value will likely be different. This doesn’t mean the sequences are different and, in fact, can lead to serious problems for objects that rely on the next value in the sequence being unique. There should be a way to ignore the START WITH value when comparing sequences.

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  6. Need an option/ability to re-compare just one object like table, procedure,view or function etc. If my database contains 1000+ objects, if I modify one of them, there should be right click re-compare menu to just re-compare that one object. Instead of comparing the whole database. Comparing whole database take a bit of time when work remotely. Even though I have filters, it takes quite a bit of time.

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  7. I'd really like this ignore option, so that [UserA].[Table] on the left hand side would match with [dbo].[Table] on the right hand side. There obviously needs to be a warning that this won't work unless table names are unique between owners/schemas (which, in my experience, they usually are).

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  8. Many people have stated this but the side by side html output was more helpful and saved more time for us.

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  9. It would be really cool if RedGate would consider building an ERD Tool that would allow you to visually design your database schema using drag and drop before deploying to SQL Server (either generating the deployment script or deploying directly from the application)

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  10. In the "SQL Differences" pane, tabs are expanded to 8 characters.

    (Can get very messy depending how other employees have formatted the contents of stored-procs)

    Could there be a way to allow this to be customized [e.g. to 3 chars] ?

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  11. I'd like to be able to compare two databases, yet ignore certain column defaults in my comparison

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  12. In SQL Server management studio you have the ability to add additional connection parameters however there is no ability to be able to specify these in SQL Compare. This is a problem in SQL 2012 when trying to connect to availability group listeners that have replicas in multiple subnets. In order to connect to the availability group listener you need to specify the “MultiSubnetFailover=True” connection property, otherwise it results in a 50/50 chance of connecting successfully.

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  13. Please bring back the compare results in a side by side compare with modify date as in compare version 12

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  14. Please add an option to "Ignore index named like nciwi%

    These index are added by SQL Server (starting with Azure SQL DB), as part of optimizing the workload on a database.

    They make it impossible to compare two databases, as too many "false" differences exists.

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  15. When copying text from the SQL View panel, in the resulting clipboard text all carriage returns are missing. A trigger of a few lines of text becomes just one single long line.

    This only happens for texts in the TRIGGERS part, not in the texts of create table, constraints, permissions or functions. There are no visible differences between these texts when looking at the SQL View panel, all texts look normal so this seems like a bug.

    It's quite annoying when you quickly want to fix a small difference, or just want to copy text; you have to step through…

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  16. It would be handy to have an option to ignore Temporal/History table configuration when comparing two like databases where one has had some tables configured as temporal with a history table. This would be helpful to isolate any other changes outside of the temporal/history configuration.

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  17. I'd love to see a function in SQL Compare to compare and migrate Database Diagrams. Especially between servers, but certainly on the same server.

    We use them all the time to work on the structure of the of our databases and I'd love to be able to see the same diagram when I'm working in Prod and Test as I do in Dev without having to bring the changes across manually.

    The code (for the easy case) is pretty simple.

    UPDATE MyDB.dbo.sysdiagrams
    SET definition = (
    SELECT definition
    from MyOtherDB.dbo.sysdiagrams
    WHERE name = MyDB')
    WHERE name = 'MyDB'

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  18. When remote using Windows Remote Desktop, the main application window is not resizable. The resize cursor does not show when hovering over the edges or corners, and I cannot click and drag to change the size.

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  19. Add an option to DO NOT DROP missing fields in the target, this way I'm just adding missing fields from the source.

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  20. Any differences involving usages of SQLCMD variables would be ignored with the option turned on.

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