Best practices are generally and informally recognized as the methods and processes that have been shown over time to be superior to those achieved by other means.

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Inner cursor performance issues

Before I tried to avoid using cursor because of performance issues. But now I have to do some calculations to reach some goals. I have a stored procedure that has a code like this: DECLARE ...
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Sql Server Maintenance Plan - Best Practices on Tasks and Scheduling

I am tasked with devising a maintenance plan for our Sql Server 2005 databases. I know for backups I want to do a daily full database backup and transactional log backups every 15 minutes. My problem ...
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What are the best practices for ETL of data from one OLTP system to another, Part 2?

Ok, I originally started a question a ways back called "What are the best practices for ETL of data from one OLTP system to another?". And as you can probably tell from most of my questions so far, ...
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How to design a schema for a site that accepts logins from multiple sites (e.g. facebook connect, google, flickr, etc..)? [closed]

I'm building a site ("The Site") and I'm considering how to design the DB schema for it. I have a few scenarios that will affect the outcome: The user can choose to register a native account on the ...
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How could DBAs be more 'programmer friendly'?

The answers and comments on the dba.se version and programmers.se version of the question "What are the arguments against or for putting application logic in the database layer?" are very revealing ...
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What is the best method to add error handling in SQL 2005 stored procs?

What’s a good way to make stored procs robust enough that they can scale very well and also contain error handling? Additionally, whats the best way to handle multiple error scenarios in a stored ...
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Any pointers on reducing my privileges in production but not making my job excessively difficult

Running SQL Server 2005 and 2008 on Windows 2008 R2. We're going to be reducing privileges in production for developers - and I'd like to do the same for myself as a DBA, limiting rights to ...
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Determining sizes for Separated Partitions of programs, data and logs in SQL Server

As per the recommendations of the CIS benchmarks for SQL Server, I want to create separate partitions for the data, the programs and the logs on my SQL Server dedicated server. Question is, what is ...
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What are the best practices for ETL of data from one OLTP system to another?

First off, I want to post that I am a developer and not a DBA, so I am trying to approach this from the standpoint of what is the best thing to do, rather than just assuming I can do everything ...
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What is the best practice for mapping from natural keys to integer-based keys? (ETL)

This question originates more from an "enterprise architecture" point of view. (Reason being, our company is just starting to get into data management, and actually having DBA's -- I know, horrific ...
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Best way to automate running several MySQL commands

We have several core db tables on our system and allow our employees access to these tables via views that just show them the data they need to see. We created these views in a new db specific to ...
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Database model with users, roles and rights

I have a database model with a user table and role table. I want to control the access (rights) to up to 10 different elements. The access can be granted to either a role or a single user. Below is ...
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Best way to identify orphan data?

I have a few dozen tables, that have data in them, both for the core set of data, and then the company specific data. I can never delete the core set of data, that is global for all companies. But i ...
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How to manage my own scripts

Every administrators, developers have their own collection of scripts (some patterns). Time to time they are dismissed from one job and they are employed to other one. Is there any good, easy used, ...
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What is the recommended RAID configuration for an Oracle database?

RAID (Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks) comes with different configurations (RAID-0, RAID-1...). What is the recommended RAID configuration that I should set up and use when installing an Oracle ...
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Best practices to run time offset delayed replication

I want to setup replication system on postgresql like #1 MASTER SERVER and two replicated servers: #2 SERVER in realtime (for load balancing), #3 SERVER delayed with some time offset (for example 2 ...
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Best practices for connecting DBs that are in different geographical regions

We are about to set up SQL Servers in different countries. We need to link them, but we don't have to have a direct link (as in linked server). In other words, they can be loosely coupled. Is it ...
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When should I use a unique constraint instead of a unique index?

When I want a column to have distinct values, I can either use a constraint create table t1( id int primary key, code varchar(10) unique NULL ); go or I can use a unique index create table t2( id ...