How to: Transfer Schema and Data from One Database to Another in Visual Basic .NET

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This section describes how to transfer schema and data from one database to another in Microsoft Visual Basic .NET.

The code example shows how to transfer schema and data from one database to another using the Transfer object.

Creating a transfer script

  1. Start Visual Studio 2005.

  2. From the File menu, select New Project. The New Project dialog box appears.

  3. In the Project Types pane, select Visual Basic. In the Templates pane, select Console Application.

  4. (Optional) In the Name box, type the name of the new application.

  5. Click OK to load the Visual Basic console application template.

  6. On the Project menu, select Add Reference item. The Add Reference dialog box appears. Select Browse and locate the SMO assemblies in the C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\SDK\Assemblies folder. Select the following files:





  7. On the View menu, click Code.-Or-Select the Module1.vb window to display the code window.

  8. In the code, before any declarations, type the following Imports statements to qualify the types in the SMO namespace:

    Imports Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo
    Imports Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Common
  9. Insert the code that follows this procedure into the main program.

  10. Run and build the application.


'Connect to the local, default instance of SQL Server.
Dim srv As Server
srv = New Server
'Reference the AdventureWorks database
Dim db As Database
db = srv.Databases("AdventureWorks")
'Create a new database that is to be destination database.
Dim dbCopy As Database
dbCopy = New Database(srv, "AdventureWorksCopy")
'Define a Transfer object and set the required options and properties.
Dim xfr As Transfer
xfr = New Transfer(db)
xfr.CopyAllTables = True
xfr.Options.WithDependencies = True
xfr.Options.ContinueScriptingOnError = True
xfr.DestinationDatabase = "AdventureWorksCopy"
xfr.DestinationServer = srv.Name
xfr.DestinationLoginSecure = True
xfr.CopySchema = True
'Script the transfer. Alternatively perform immediate data transfer with TransferData method.