In this article I’ll show how to get the most recent record for a group of records in a SQL Server table. There are a number of ways to do this including CTEs and nested subqueries. Since nested subqueries are the most widely supported across the different versions of SQL Server, I consider them the most robust/straightforward way to get the job done, so in this article I will show you how to solve this problem using a nested subquery in either your WHERE or your FROM clause.
At the end of this article I’ll give the full working example Pet shop table and query that you can copy and paste into a SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) session to try out the code for yourself.
If you want to create a working backup of one of your production databases that you can use without jeopardizing the production data, you’ll need to copy the database in its entirety to a new name. In this article I’ll review the steps you need to use to do this (in SQL Server Management Studio 2014).