Well, 10 steps, give or take. This could have been executed in fewer steps had we not chosen such a useful function as an example <G>. This function, which is only supported in SQL Server 2005 with CLR enabled, esentially performs a reverse IP lookup (nslookup -type=ptr), uses System.Net.Dns.GetHostEntry and thus requires a bit more security configuration. So, let's begin.
1. In VS 2005, click File -> New -> Project -> Visual C# -> Database -> SQL Server Project -> OK.
2. Enter SQL Server name, credentials, and database name -> OK.
a. Accept the prompt which asks you if you want to enable CLR debugging in the database
3. In Solution Explorer, right click on the name of your SQL Server Project -> Add -> User Defined Function -> save it as "IPtoHostname.cs" (this will be the name of your function)
4. Copy and paste the following code into the IPtoHostname.cs window:
public partial class UserDefinedFunctions
public static System.Data.SqlTypes.SqlString IPtoHostName(string ipaddr) // this is like T-SQL's CREATE FUNCTION dbo.IPtoHostName (@strCCode varchar(xx))
try // This basically means "If the IP resolves properly and doesn't throw an exception, then..."
string myIP = System.Net.Dns.GetHostEntry(ipAddress.Trim()).HostName.ToString();
return new SqlString(myIP);
catch // "If it doesn't, just return the IP address"
return new SqlString(ipaddr);
Note: Again, because we use System.Net, we need to set some permissions which weakens the security of the given database. I haven't researched the implications of doing so but I figure if I'm going to run CLR stuff in my database, I'm willing to bend a little on security anyway.
5. Save your work. In Solution Explorer, right click on then name of your SQL Server Project and click Properties. Change the Permission Level to External.
6. Open SQL Server Management Studio and issue the following command, using the name of the database you selected in step 2.
EXEC sp_configure 'CLR ENABLED' , '1'
ALTER DATABASE MyDBFromStep2 SET TRUSTWORTHY ON
Note: In order to enable CLR or set the TRUSTWORTHYness of a database, it's likely that you must be a sys admin. And this is mostly for keywords to help Googlers... if you do not do the above, you will run into an error similiar to the following:
A .NET Framework error occurred during execution of user defined routine or aggregate 'IPtoHostName':
System.Security.SecurityException: Request for the permission of type 'System.Net.DnsPermission, System, Version=188.8.131.52, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089' failed.
at System.Security.CodeAccessSecurityEngine.Check(Object demand, StackCrawlMark& stackMark, Boolean isPermSet)
at System.Net.Dns.GetHostEntry(String hostNameOrAddress)
at UserDefinedFunctions.IPtoHostName(String ipaddr)
7. Next, go back to Visual Studio, and select the "Debug" dropdown. Change that to "Release."
8. Save. Hit F5. You should have a successful build.
9. In SQL Management Studio, Query your database with the following statement:
select dbo.IPtoHostName('184.108.40.206') as hostname
10. Laissez les bon temps rouler! (Party!)