ApexSQL Search – Safe rename

Applies to
ApexSQL Search

This article describes the benefits of using the Safe rename feature.


The Safe rename refactor changes the name and schema of:

  • Tables
  • Views
  • Stored procedures
  • Functions
  • Columns
  • Parameters

without breaking any dependencies. It allows users to rename or change the schema of encrypted objects as well as of objects stored in databases encrypted with Transparent Data Encryption (TDE).

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The minimum permissions required to use Safe rename are:

  • Public role membership on the searched SQL Server instance,
  • Connect
  • Control and
  • View definition on the searched database

To search encrypted objects, in addition to the above:

  • View any definition has to be granted on the searched SQL instance

See also
ApexSQL Search – Search phrases, history and results
ApexSQL Search – Object search
ApexSQL Search – Text search
ApexSQL Search – Safe rename

Last updated
November 20, 2014