How to change SQL Collation for SQL Server 2008 R2


Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to change the SQL Collation to match SQL Database Collation?? Last year I have posted a script that resolves this for SQL Server 2005, but the same syntax is not applicable for SQL 2008 R2, while investigating this I found the correct syntax that need to be used as below:


E:\SQL\setup.exe will need to be replaced with the locations of the SQL Server 2008 R2 setup.exe path.

MSSQLSERVER represents the default instance, if you have a named instance this must be changed to hold the instance name.

P@ssW0rd: is the new SA user password, it must be strong password or otherwise the repair will fail.

Arabic_CI_AI: is the new collation name.

DAOUD-PC\DAOUD need to be replaced with the local administrator of the server or PC you are installing the SQL on.

Paste above command into CMD and wait for 3-4 minutes, you will have your SQL Collation changed.

Warning: this operation will recreate your master database, were all existing setting will be reset, if you had databases attached it will be de-attached and will be found in the database folder.


Mohammad R. Daoud MVP – MCT
+962 – 79 – 999 65 85


About Mohammad R. Daoud
Mohammad R. Daoud has been working as a Microsoft Dynamics GP consultant since 2004. His career path started with version 7.5; he studied every single tip of the application technicalities and did allot of successful implementations that includes functional consultations, analysis, and custom development projects. He holds a graduate degree in Computer Science and currently he is pursuing MBA degree in Accounting. In January 2007 he was nominated to the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) certificate and was certified in April 2008 due to his online contributions in the Dynamics Community (Dynamics GP Newsgroups, Forums, User Groups and his blog: Worth to mention that he was also listed as one of the Microsoft Dynamics Top 100 Most Influential People in 2009 by DynamicsWorld. And more... • Demonstrated Passion for MS Products through participating in beta testing for some product versions, an effective member of Microsoft Connect. • Talented in securing strong high quality relationships with premier customers, partners and sales teams passionately and profitably. • Dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and/or external customers • Problem Solver – Uses systematic approach to uncover true problem(s) and practical solution and can marshal resources to solve problem! • Proven record of effective account management, including Account Planning, Opportunity Management, and Business Management Excellence and working as part of a larger virtual team • Successful in delivering high quality technical engagements in the enterprise Dynamics GP implementations area according to customer requirements. • Dedicated, Committed, Self Motivated, Creative and highly focused with excellent communication, Negotiation, presentation, Active Listening and Objection Handling skills. • Experienced in Profitable researches and studies including white papers and technical presentations.

2 Responses to How to change SQL Collation for SQL Server 2008 R2

  1. Excellent pieces. Keep posting such kind of information on your blog. I really impressed by your blog.

  2. cool demonstration! eventhough HTML5 audio player might not pack all of the features it works well.. it let’s iOS folk hear the mp3, tho the player will launch in a new webpage; and to return to your original page, html5 music player

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: