How to select data from tables with names matching a pattern

Hi, The SQL Server 2008 database stores data in multiple tables for each month with a random string appended with month and year. For Example the name of each table for the month of August 2011 "some_random_string_2011_08". For August there are like 1800 tables like this and similarly for each month starting from year 2009.

Each table has information about user_id, page access etc... basically audit log information The total tables in the database is around 17000. How do I search for user with a particular user_name or any field for that matter for the month of august, and may be this query would be expandable to have a date range. Thanks, Priyank
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asked Sep 28, 2011 at 06:58 PM in Default

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SET @ParameterValue = 'A'

SET @SQL = STUFF((SELECT 'UNION ALL SELECT event_name, User_name FROM '+ TABLE_NAME + ' WHERE User_name = '''+@ParameterValue+'''' AS 'data()' FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE TABLE_NAME LIKE '%2011_09' -- For 2011 Sept FOR XML PATH('')),1,10,'') EXEC(@SQL)

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answered Sep 28, 2011 at 10:47 PM

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Hi, Thanks for the quick reply... I tried the query..and it gave me an error on "Invalid column name 'Field'." Its giving the same error even if I change it to any other column name (which I suppose it stands for) like user_name, event_name.. etc, which I know for sure exists as a column in these dated tables.
Sep 28, 2011 at 11:30 PM priyank15
Also to understand the query I wanted to know what the use of the part FOR XML PATH('')),1,10,'')
Sep 28, 2011 at 11:31 PM priyank15
@Priyank15, I have edited the above post, can you try now?
Sep 28, 2011 at 11:42 PM Cyborg
The query is perfect now, thanks for the help!
Sep 29, 2011 at 11:13 AM priyank15
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