Drop both Primary and Foreign Keys (The composite DROPKEYS Action)

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DROPKEYS is a composite action that performs both DROPFKEYS and DROPPKEYS. This thereby removes both Primary and Foreign Key Constraints from the Staging Database

You must first configure the ForeignKeys and Tables Sheet, using instructions in the articles on DROPFKEYS and DROPPKEYs.

To run DROPKEYS, open The VIP Server Controller from your desktop or start menu. You must open it as an administrator. If The VIP Server Controller is already running, make sure the relevant .vip workflows are Put in Memory. See this article for instructions.

Next, complete the mandatory parameters in the “Run Flow” tab. If working from a Config file created for the current Subset, you should only need to update the parAction argument and enter any additional optional parameters. You will need to update the location of the Subset Report and SQLActionsPath if these have changed. See this article for instructions on working with a Config file.

Specify “DROPKEYS” for parACTION:

parAction= DROPKEYS

Complete any optional parameters. See this Knowledge Base article for a full list of Arguments and example parameters.

Once you have parameterized the DROPKEYS Action, make sure your Configuration Spreadsheet, Subset Report and Log file are all shut. Next, click “Create File” and then click “Start” to run the action.

In the output dialogue, you will see “Flow execution completed on remote server. Please check logs for details.” once the DROPKEYS Action is complete”:

If you receive an error message in your output dialogue or log, please refer to this article to troubleshoot common issues. You can also run your Action on debug mode for a more detailed log. You can also check the Log File and Subset Report at this stage, to check that the Actions have performed correctly.

Run DROPKEYS from the Command Line

To run DROPKEYS from the Command Line, open your re-usable .cmd script in a text editor.

If you have already configured a .cmd script for one Subset Action and wish to edit and re-use that script, you should only need to set “DROPKEYS” for “Action”.

Otherwise, configure all mandatory parameters in the .cmd script.

You can also specify optional parameters for the Action.

Make sure your Control Spreadsheet, the Subset Report, and any Log Files are closed.

Run the script to drop the Primary and Foreign Keys.

Check the Log File and Subset Report at this stage, to check that the Actions have performed correctly.