Partition Switching

James Anderson gives his favorite feature in SQL Server:

The good news is that the SWITCH command works on regular tables and in any edition. This means I can quickly transfer all of the data from one table to another in Standard Edition.

In reality, I have found few uses for the regular table to regular table switch; the trick to add the IDENTITY property to a column with existing data is the most recent. SWITCH is most useful when partitioned tables are involved. Sorry, Standard Edition users.

Partition switching is a fascinating solution for a difficult technical problem.

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