SSSDT Procedure has undresolved reference to object sp_executesql

Gary Furash 1 Reputation point

Configuration: VS Enteprise 2019, 16.8.2, Latest SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT), Windows 10

Issue: including any of the following statements in a stored procedure generates the following warning

SQL71502 Procedure ... has an unresolved reference to object [schema].sp_executesql

EXEC @ExecRet = master.sys.sp_executesql @tsql , N'@val VARCHAR(MAX) OUTPUT', @val = @TmpStr OUTPUT;
EXEC @ExecRet = sp_executesql @tsql , N'@val VARCHAR(MAX) OUTPUT', @val = @TmpStr OUTPUT;

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  1. Olaf Helper 42,576 Reputation points

    The SP sp_executesql is a system SP in system database "master"; so you have to add a reference to the system DB in your SSDT project, see
    Selecting the Database to Reference

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  2. MelissaMa-MSFT 24,176 Reputation points

    Hi @Gary Furash ,

    Please try to add a database reference to master as below:

    1. Under the project, right-click References.
    2. Select Add database reference....
    3. Select System database.
    4. Ensure master is selected.
    5. Press OK.

    Reference:Warning SQL71502 - Procedure <name> has an unresolved reference to object <name>

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