Add support for "SELECT INTO" for #temp tables in SQL Azure
I understand that SELET INTO is not supported in SQL Azure standard tables because that will create a new table that doesnt have the clustered index needed to replicate the data correctly.
However, when creating tables in the tempdb you can create tables without a clustered index - and so the SELECT INTO command should be able to be used when the output table is stored in the TempDB.
99% of all my SELECT INTO are used for temporary tables (to increase speed in reporting and data processing)
We understand this issue, but have no immediate plans to address.
Jim Pelletier commented
This feature gap has been a major inconvenience for our company as well. If I could give it more votes, I would.
Kevin Chamberlain commented
Additionally it would be really nice to allow a select into where no data is being inserted into the table. This is often used to establish a table (or # table) structure that is dynamically generated first, then populated so system objects aren't being locked while the data from the select is being gathered to put into the table. This would then allow us to 1. Create a table dynamically, 2. Create the clustered key, 3. Populate the table from the query.