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Then I do my insert into 3 different table all using the same uniqueID.

I can't use the @@identity function because my application uses a
connection pool and it's not garanteed that a connection won't be used
by another request so under a lot of load there could be major problems
and this doens't work:

insert into <table>;
select @@identity;

This doesn't work because the select @@identity might give me the value
of an insert from someone else's request.



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I'm populating this table in one place (in the application layer), leaving the primary key null, which allows the default constraint to get the next sequence.

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Code Snippet

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Code in VB (2005 express edition)

Hi all above is aa snipped from the code I am using. all works fine exxept the ------problem line.
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