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How to modify a FK constraint with Microsoft Server Management Studio 2008 R2

This task should be easy isn’t?

Well, if you go to the Microsoft Server Management Studio (2008 R2) designer to do it and that the constraint is located into a schema other than DBO, this might be more complex that you think.

Rename failed for ForeignKey ‘FK__ABC’. Either the parameter @objname is ambiguous or the claimed @objtype (OBJECT) is wrong. (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 15248)

What’s happening it that the tool is trying to use SP_RENAME with DBO as the schema. This can be verified with the Sql Profiler. It’s also a known bug that Microsoft should have fixed in their latest release of SQL Server.

To be able to change the foreign key constrain name, you need to do it manually with the SP_RENAME function.

The syntax is ‘YourSchema.YourFKNameToChange’ followed by only the FK you want. Here is an example:

sp_rename 'YourSchema.YourFKNameToChange', 'YourNewFKName', 'OBJECT'

That’s it!

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