Create an Azure Synapse temp table from a SELECT with ORDER BY

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

I have the following statement that works when I omit the ORDER BY clause, or if I run it as a select and omit the create table part, but I need both to ensure my generated key is sequenced correctly

Any ideas?

Msg 104381, Level 16, State 1, Line 18
The ORDER BY clause is invalid in views, CREATE TABLE AS SELECT, INSERT SELECT, SELECT INTO, inline functions, derived tables, subqueries, and common table expressions, unless TOP or FOR XML is also specified.

       ROW_NUMBER() OVER(ORDER BY (SELECT NULL)) AS ID, as [schema], as 
, columns.column_id as [ordinal], as
, as [type] FROM SYS.COLUMNS inner join sys.types on types.system_type_id = columns.system_type_id inner join sys.tables on tables.object_id = columns.object_id inner join sys.schemas on schemas.schema_id = tables.schema_id order by,, columns.column_id

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

I would imagine this would work for you:

        ORDER BY S.[name], T.[name], C.column_id) AS ID,
    S.[name] as [schema], 
    T.[name] as 
, C.[column_id] as [ordinal], C.[name] as
, TY.[name] as [type] FROM sys.columns AS C JOIN sys.types AS TY ON TY.system_type_id = C.system_type_id JOIN sys.tables AS T ON T.[object_id] = C.[object_id] JOIN sys.schemas AS S ON S.[schema_id] = T.[schema_id];

The key difference is moving the ordering to the ROW_NUMBER window function, to determine the order in which numbers are assigned.

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
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