Bulk Exporting Data from or Bulk Importing Data to a View
Usually you can bulk import data to a table view or bulk export data from a table view. These operations can include the export of data from multiple joined tables, the addition of a WHERE clause, or the performance of special formatting, such as a change of data formats by using the CONVERT function.
Bulk importing into a partitioned view is unsupported by BULK INSERT or INSERT ... SELECT * FROM OPENROWSET(BULK...) statements, and attempts to bulk import data into a partitioned view fail.
The rules for inserting data into a view apply to bulk-importing of data into a view.
When data is bulk-imported into a view, the treatment of default values depends on the command. For more information, see Keeping Nulls or Using Default Values During Bulk Import.
The following example uses a view of the
HumanResources.DepartmentView table of the
AdventureWorks sample database. From a query tool, such as Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Query Editor, execute:
CREATE VIEW DepartmentView AS SELECT DepartmentID, Name, GroupName FROM HumanResources.Department; GO
The following command bulk exports the data from the
DepartmentView view into the
DepartmentView.txt data file. At the Microsoft Windows command prompt, enter:
bcp AdventureWorks..DepartmentView out DepartmentView.txt -c -T
To delete this sample view, execute the following Transact-SQL statement:
DROP VIEW DepartmentView; GO
For an example of using a view in a BULK INSERT command, see Using a Format File to Skip a Table Column.