Viewing the comparison results
Published 04 June 2013
When you have compared the data sources, SQL Compare displays the comparison results in the upper (Results) pane. The upper pane displays all the objects you can select for deployment.
To compare the data sources again using the same project configuration, and update the comparison results, click Refresh.
Objects are displayed in groups, either by how they differ between the two data sources, by the object type, or by whether they match what is typed in the Find box. When you first run the comparison, the objects are grouped by Type of difference.
To view the objects in a group, click, or click the group heading.
When objects are grouped by Type of difference, the Type column indicates the difference:
You can also group by object type. In the Group by box, select Type of object.
When objects are grouped by Type of object, the Type column indicates the type of object.
For SQL Server 2000 and later:
User Defined Types
Full Text Catalogs
For SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2005:
XML Schema Collections
Full Text Stoplist (SQL Server 2008 only)
The Owner column displays the owner (or schema) of the object. This column is shown only when there is more than one owner (or schema) in the database.
Objects covered by migration scripts
Objects that are covered by migration scripts are indicated in the comparison results with an icon:
For more information, see Deploying with migration scripts.
You can view the migration script that covers the object by right-clicking the object in the comparison results, and then clicking View Migration Script.
Selecting objects for deployment
The grouping bars show the number of objects in a group that will be deployed.
Use the check boxes in the middle of the upper pane to include an object in the deployment or exclude it from the deployment. If only some objects in a group are selected for deployment, the check box on the grouping bar enters a mixed state:
Finding an object
To locate objects, type the search text in the Find box. To select a recent search, click the Find arrow button
As you type, objects are grouped in the upper pane by whether they match or do not match what you type:
SQL Compare searches object names and owners (schemas).
To clear the Find box click thebutton.