MS SQL - Drop database name using variable is not possible

By xngo on December 3, 2019

In MS SQL Server, you can't run the DROP DATABASE statement with a variable name like the following:

-- This statement will not work.

It will display the following error message.

Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 3
Incorrect syntax near '@dbname'.

Instead, use the following statement.

EXEC('DROP DATABASE ' + @dbname);

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