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Unknown Db file format - best way to find out?

A client has given me the data he wants visualised in my project - but I don't know what DB format it's in. He's pretty unclear, also.. I have access to the table structures, but don't know how to ...
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Sql Server Service Pack Update Notifications

Is there any option in Sql Server to enable notifications from Microsoft in a way that it sends us emails every time a new service pack is released? I have multiple servers with different versions of ...
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Two corrupted indexes found by DBCC CheckTable

I'm wondering if this problem is solvable by dropping/recreating the two indexes. Both are rarely used, nonclustered, non PK, non FK indexes. Here is the dbcc output: Table error: table ...
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Better to use a RANGE RIGHT or RANGE LEFT Partition Scheme

I'd like to know if it is better to use a RANGE RIGHT partition scheme or a RANGE LEFT partition scheme? Is one of these options by default a better choice, or is it heavily dependent on the actual ...
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Role of Database Administrators

I am currently working as an application developer on a project which involves the creation of a new SQL Server database. I am actively working with a group of DBAs who will play some role in the ...
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What is a good way to determine the performance I should expect from a PostgreSQL server?

Trying to figure out how I should expect my database to perform. Basically, I need to determine when the server I have set up is reaching its performance limits - which would help me plan server ...
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How do you approach refactoring an ugly procedure/query?

I've inherited a database which contains several procedures which are 1000-1500 lines long, with complex nested sub-selects going up to 7 or 8 levels deep in places. I desperately need to refactor ...
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ERROR: database “dbname” does not exist

According to the documentation, so long as I'm not connected to a database, I can either delete a database in the console using: DROP DATABASE dbname; Or I can drop it using the wrapper tool ...
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Recommendation for free event monitoring software

I'm seeking recommendations for free / open event monitoring tools. HPOV costs continue to multiply like so many wet gremlins, and we've had enough. There are some interesting suggestions in this ...
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Running each SQL Server service under different Windows accounts

Besides the Database Engine, SQL Server has some additional Services, namely: SQL Server Integration Services SQL Server Analysis Services SQL Server Reporting Services SQL Server Agent Should ...
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mysql multi threading for a single query

I have big db of size 8GB and having 9 million contacts in this db. When we try to retrieve all contacts, it takes nearly 1 or 2 hour (in some cases result in timeout) to retreive all contacts for the ...
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Does dropping a Primary Key constraint from a Partitioned Table break the partition?

We have a table partitioned on a date column. The Primary Key for the table is a composite key of this date column and 4 other columns. We are thinking about dropping the Primary Key constraint from ...
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When was a Database taken Offline

I am trying to find a way to figure out when was couple of my sql databases were taken offline. I checked the the logs but could not find any such info and moreover there is no default trace enabled. ...
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Why not rebuild indexes with page count <1000?

I use Ola Hallengrens script for Index maintenance. Before I did that, I used the following query to see which indexes are fragmented most: SELECT dbschemas.[name] as 'Schema', dbtables.[name] as ...
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How do I track logins, connections, user accounts, queries, …?

I am a BI person who has been asked to step in and pretend I am a DBA. I am not a novice with databases but AM a novice at the admin type stuff. We have a SQL Server database that is going to be ...
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Bad use of Oracle Tablespaces

I have a doubt about the use of oracle tablespaces. I've decided to define for each schema of the datababase two different tablespaces (one for data, and another one for indexes). The problem is that ...
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Expanding a partitioned table

I have a table that holds four years of data, where for each month I have a partition that is based on a filegroup with two files. Unexpectedly, I received eight more years of data and prepared the ...
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Appending backups while overwriting expired sets

I've been reading up on this, but the online documentation is a bit difficult to understand and seems awkwardly written. For example the INIT, NOINIT. One says it will try to overwrite everything. ...
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What are sensible/rational character limits in a database e.g. for a persons name

This is a general question about database admin. Is there some kind of standardization for character limits on fields in a DB? It makes sense to specify character limits on the database end for ...
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What is the point of the TABLE_CATALOG column in INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES?

In MySQL's table INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES, there's a column named 'TABLE_CATALOG'. The documentation is sparse on this column and I'm wondering what the heck is the purpose of this? Any killer-app ...
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Transaction log is full due to 'CHECKPOINT' for DB in simple recovery model

For one of our DB's on SQL server 2012 RTM, We could not perform almost any troubleshooting step as the error says: " Transaction log is full due to 'CHECKPOINT" This being a dev database, its ...
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Is it somehow possible to predict / foresee when SQL Server will trigger auto-growth?

I found numerous questions / answers about SQL-Server auto-growth - almost all indicating that one should try to avoid auto-growth if possible. However auto-growth is available with MS SQL Server and ...
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How do you find home information for Oracle RAC on Unix?

Need help finding Oracle home path corresponding to a database instance in RAC environment. I am aware of few of the ways to achieve the same. Listing them below to avoid the same answers. ...
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Does PgBouncer create a separate pool for every database config entry?

If I set up a pgbouncer.ini config file with several database entries, does pgBouncer create a separate pool for each one? I would think so, but have not been able to confirm this. For example, ...
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Is there a standard approach to rolling out database schema changes?

A developer said I should simply wrap all my database upgrade scripts in a transaction. If it fails, just roll back all changes. All my instincts tell me this is wrong, especially when it comes to ...
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Is it viable to attribute permissions to SQL Server virtual accounts (NT Service\SQLSERVERAgent, etc)?

Using MS SQL Server 2012 in Microsoft Windows Server 2008. I am somewhat confused by the New Account Types Available with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual Windows accounts [NT ...
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How to properly configure PostgreSQL RAM usage?

Using PostgreSQL, we have several hundred concurrent processes doing regular database access. We have our data spread out through several database servers, each of which houses a connection pool with ...
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SQL Server - DBO without Backup

Similar to my previous Question : Prevent Non Copy Only Backups, how do I create a user that can do everything to my database take backups at all. I've granted them every role except ...
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efficient way to poll database?

I have a Linux CentOS server hosting an Oracle 11.2 database, which communicates with an application server, which communicates with a client (a Flex application). I'll try to describe the pseudo-code ...
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How to track DML and DDL daily events

I have the following query to track what tables are modified in the current date: SELECT TABLE_OWNER, TABLE_NAME, INSERTS, UPDATES, DELETES, TIMESTAMP AS ...
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SQL Server 2012 Unable to Utilize Defined Amount of Locks

So I've been beating my head against the wall for two days about this and I can't find a solution. I'm running a script to stage a large amount of data. This script requires roughly 35 million locks ...
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Could too many idle connections affect PostgreSQL 9.2 performance?

Some queries on my database server seem to take a long time to respond, and I believe the CPU usage is high. When running ps aux, I see ~250 "idle" connections (which I believe to be too many). I ...
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How do I monitor bandwidth used by SQL Server on port 1433?

I have a single server running a .NET web application and a SQL Server database (2008 Standard). I'm planning to move the database onto a separate server but in order to provision the network hardware ...
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How to reduce the log file size without shrinking it in SQL server

In SQL server, how do you reduce the log files size without (DBCC) shrinking it. I know shrinking the log file will free up some space, but will also cause fragmentation. Doing a checkpoint in simple ...
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Does DBA need (a read) access to virtualization infrastructure? And why?

I am in charge of monitoring, troubleshooting, tuning and optimizing a few dozens production SQL Servers 2008 R2/2012 in my company that are being run inside VMWare virtual machines. I've requested ...
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Issue after moving the ib_logfile1 and ib_logfile0 files

I wanted to increase the innodb_log_file_size for better performance. And I increased it from the default value to 256 MB. As usual I got the error saying InnoDB: Error: log file ./ib_logfile0 is of ...
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Sql Server - Running a Job on Multiple servers

I am using SqlServer 2008. I have a Sql Server Job that checks Disk Space and emails admins if the space is less than 15% Instead of adding that Job to all servers is it Possible to run the Job on ...
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How can I dynamically back up all SSAS databases on a given instance?

I want to dynamically back up all the databases on a given SSAS instance using a SQL Agent job (which would most likely involve executing an SSIS package). It is imperative that this is a dynamic ...
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One filegroup, multiple datafiles, how to get list of tables in each file

In one of my production databases, I have a filegroup with 3 data files sitting on 3 different disks. There are over 50 tables on this filegroup. How do I identify the location of each of the 50 ...
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How to backup IBM DB2 Database online?

I tried to backup the IBM DB2 (LUW) Database using this command: ./db2 backup database DBEMP to /home/user1/db2bkup But I got this message: SQL1035N The database is currently in use. ...
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Oracle 11g - Create Database fails?

I've just installed Oracle 11g and linked it to SQL Developer. I want to create a database for my django install. CREATE database 'django'; Error starting at line 1 in command: create database ...
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How can I enter Mongo as a superuser or reset users?

I'm was playing around with permissions and locked myself out of Mongo database. I'm pretty sure I did this by trying to explicitly add access to a database but instead I overwrote only allowing ...
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Update Statement takes forever to complete [closed]

I have table around 1250000 records, and 80 columns Table Structure CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Table] ( [Column1] [int] IDENTITY(1, 1) NOT FOR REPLICATION NOT NULL, [Column2] [int] NULL, [Column3] [int] ...
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The best way to rename the tables after development completed

What is the easiest and most reliable approach to rename the database tables and columns in SQL Server 2008 r2? We have finished development and for some reasons, we are required to rename some ...
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Creating partitions on a production database

I have a production MySQL 5.1 database that is running well but I want to improve query performances. I have never used Partitions and just going through the manuals. I have two tables that involve a ...
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Why monitor bytes sent and received on mysql

I want to know why we should monitor bytes sent and received on mysql ? I hope I have not asked a vague question. Thanks.
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Can anyone describe the step by step process of recovery , backup and restore in sql server

Can anyone describe the step by step process of recovery via backup and restore in SQL Server 2008. If possible please include some examples.
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SQL Server Restore from one database to another

One of our devs backed up a dev database, and then restored it in production. It's a new database for a new app that was deployed last night intentionally to prod. Now in the backupset table ...
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How to Correctly Estimate the Average Number of I/O Operations my RAID 10 disk can offer?

The average Input/Output Operations per Second a disk can sustain is a very important factor in the tuning of MySQL / InnoDB databases, as it drives the speed with which Dirty InnoDB Buffer Pool pages ...
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Can I check what the allocation unit size is on my drives via a query?

Assuming that I do not have access to windows server, can I run a script from SSMS that would allow me to check whether allocation unit size is formatted with 64K?