Before we get into the examples, it is important to remember that
sqlcmd can be run in several different ways. It can be run interactively from the command prompt, from a batch file, or from a Query Editor window in SSMS. When run interactively, the
sqlcmd program name is entered at the command prompt with the required options to connect to the database server. When the connection is established, a numbered row is made available to enter the T-SQL commands. Multiple rows of T-SQL can be entered in a batch; they are executed only after the
GO command has been entered. Figure 5.1 shows an example with two simple
SELECT statements that were executed interactively with
sqlcmd. The connection in this example was established ...