SQL SERVER – Default Collation of SQL Server 2008

Recently I wrote article about SQL SERVER – 2008 – Install SQL Server 2008 – How to Upgrade to SQL Server 2008 – Installation Tutorial, I received couple of comment suggesting that I did not talk about SQL Server default collation setting or how to change default collation when installing SQL Server 2008.

While installing SQL Server 2008 on Server Configuration setting select “Collation” tab. It will bring up setting displayed in following image.

You can check the default collation of SQL Server as well can change it from the same. SQL Server offers the SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS collation as the default collation for server installations.

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

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12 thoughts on “SQL SERVER – Default Collation of SQL Server 2008

  1. “SQL Server offers the SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS collation as the default collation for server installations”

    This is not necessarily true

    When I install on a UK machine using current disks or when I ask my hosting company to set up a new server the default is Latin1_General_CI_AS which although similar is not the same and will lead to conflicts so I have to do the REBUILDDATABASE thing to recreate the system databases.

    Generally I don’t forget to change it in the setup but the hosting company use an image so they cannot create a default install with anything else (apparently – I think they’re just laze and won’t).

    Dave

    • Good one Dave.
      Hope someone covers the topic about the collation issues when installing SQL Server in different continents because these days due to high availability and load balancing everyone needs to understand what locale, Collation etc they should be in, for all the servers in respective countries or continents. Should they be the same then which one is the best etc etc… Cheers.

  2. Hello sir,
    While installing sql server 2008 on my windows 7 32-bit system, I get an error saying “The collation was not found error code 0x84b40000″.
    When i select the collation tab, i see that the Database Engine field is blank and freezed. I cannot type anything there and as soon as i click on ‘Customize’ the installation ends there itself.
    Please help.

  3. Hello sir,
    While installing sql server 2008 on my windows 7 32-bit system, I get an error saying “The collation was not found error code 0x84b40000″.
    When i select the collation tab, i see that the Database Engine field is blank and freezed. I cannot type anything there and as soon as i click on ‘Customize’ the installation ends there itself.
    Please help.

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