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mandar asked

sql collation settings during setup

Hi, Sorry if I sound silly...however, can I have more than 1 collation setting to be selected during installation of SQL server 2005 with SP4. For instanace, I wanted to add French_CI_AS to the default SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS Collation setting. A related question is ...when I select French_CI_AS , this means it supports French language and literals PLUS the default English language (specified under SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS)..??? Thanks in advance, Mandar
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Not a silly question at all!
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Matt Whitfield answered
When you specify the default collation during setup, you are specifying just that - the default. That's the collation that will be used in various system databases as their default (`tempdb` included). You still have all collations available to choose from when creating databases / columns / parameters.
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Kev Riley answered
When installing, you are being asked for the collation settings for the server, and as such can only choose one. This will be the default collation for all databases create on the server, unless you specify otherwise when you create the individual databases. Further to this you can specify the collation of any string, in any of your databases. Collations are a well discussed topic, I would suggest reviewing the documentation, starting here
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