Managing CLR Integration Assemblies
Applies To: SQL Server 2016 Preview
Managed code is compiled and then deployed in units called an assembly. An assembly is packaged as a DLL or executable (.exe) file. While an executable file can run on its own, a DLL must be hosted in an existing application. Managed DLL assemblies can be loaded into and hosted by Microsoft SQL Server. SQL Server requires you to register the assembly in a SQL Server database using the CREATE ASSEMBLY statement, before it can be loaded in the process and used. Assemblies can also be updated from a more recent version using the ALTER ASSEMBLY statement, or removed from SQL Server using the DROP ASSEMBLY statement.
Assembly information is stored in the sys.assembly_files table in the database where the assembly has been installed. The sys.assembly_files table contains the following columns.
The identifier defined for the assembly. This number is assigned to all objects relating to the same assembly.
The name of the object.
A number identifying each object, with the first object associated with a given assembly_id being given the value of 1. If multiple objects are associated with the same assembly_id, then each subsequent file_id value is incremented by 1.
The hexadecimal representation of the assembly or file.