Sql-server – How to add the identity property to an existing column in SQL Server

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In SQL Server (in my case, 2005) how can I add the identity property to an existing table column using T-SQL?

Something like:

alter table tblFoo 
    alter column bar identity(1,1)

Best Solution

I don't beleive you can do that. Your best bet is to create a new identity column and copy the data over using an identity insert command (if you indeed want to keep the old values).

Here is a decent article describing the process in detail: http://www.mssqltips.com/tip.asp?tip=1397