SQL Server Merge

This post showing you how to do an incremental update between 2 database tables. This post is using the famous Northwind database for SQL Server. I have a source table named Products1 as below.

To prepare for this demo. First, I have a table named Products2 with exactly the same structure as Products1. I then clear all the data in Products2.


Insert all the rows from Products1 table to Products2 table. After this the data will be exactly the same.

INSERT INTO Products2 SELECT * FROM Products1

Update one record in Products1 table and insert a row into Products1 table.

UPDATE Products1 SET CategoryID = 2 WHERE ProductName =‘WebForm’

INSERt INTO Products1 (ProductName, Discontinued) VALUES (‘WinForm’,0)

You can try the MERGE command below then you will see the data in Products2 table will be exactly the same as Products1 table.

MERGE [dbo].[Products2] T USING (select * from [dbo].[Products1] with(nolock)) S



    T.[ProductName] = S.[ProductName]

    ,T.[SupplierID] = S.[SupplierID]

    ,t.[CategoryID] = S.[CategoryID]

    ,T.[QuantityPerUnit] = S.[QuantityPerUnit]

    ,T.[UnitPrice] = S.[UnitPrice]

    ,T.[UnitsInStock] = S.[UnitsInStock]

    ,T.[UnitsOnOrder] = S.[UnitsOnOrder]

    ,T.[ReorderLevel] = S.[ReorderLevel]

    ,T.[Discontinued] = S.[Discontinued]

INSERT ([ProductID]










        VALUES(S.[ProductID]    ,










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