If you are set up for AutoCommit why would you or should you set a explicit transaction? I have noticed that in some called stored procudures from a "container" stored procedure. (Hope I got that right) that in the called stored procedure a Begin tran is used. Can anyone help with the why and what fors? It seems to me that you want to let SQL Server handle this becuase of the danger of leaving out a Commit or Rollback? But thats me. I may be very wrong? Thanks.