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Discontinued Database Engine Functionality in SQL Server 2008

This topic describes the Database Engine features that are no longer available in SQL Server 2008.

Category

Discontinued feature

Replacement

Aliases

sp_addalias

Replace aliases with a combination of user accounts and database roles. For more information, see CREATE USER (Transact-SQL) and CREATE ROLE (Transact-SQL). Remove aliases in upgraded databases by using sp_dropalias.

APIs

Registered Servers API

Replaced by a new registered servers API that supports new SQL Server 2008 features.

Backup and restore

DUMP statement

BACKUP

Backup and restore

LOAD statement

RESTORE

Backup and restore

BACKUP LOG WITH NO_LOG

None. The transaction log is automatically truncated when the database is using the simple recovery model. If you must remove the log backup chain from a database, switch to the simple recovery model.

Backup and restore

BACKUP LOG WITH TRUNCATE_ONLY

None. The transaction log is automatically truncated when the database is using the simple recovery model. If you must remove the log backup chain from a database, switch to the simple recovery model.

Backup and restore

BACKUP TRANSACTION

BACKUP LOG

Compatibility level

60, 65, and 70 compatibility levels

Databases must be set to at least compatibility level 80.

DBCC

DBCC CONCURRENCYVIOLATION

None

Groups

sp_addgroup

Use roles.

Groups

sp_changegroup

Use roles.

Groups

sp_dropgroup

Use roles.

Groups

sp_helpgroup

Use roles.

Sample databases

Northwind and pubs

Use AdventureWorks. Northwind and pubs are available as downloads, or can be copied from a previous installation of SQL Server.

For more information, see AdventureWorks Sample Databases.

Tools

Surface Area Configuration Tool

The Surface Area Configuration Tool is discontinued for SQL Server 2008. For more information, see Backward Compatibility.

Web Assistant

sp_makewebtask

sp_dropwebtask

sp_runwebtask

sp_enumcodepages

We recommend that you use SQL Server Reporting Services instead.

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