This tag is for SQL Server 2005, major build version 9.00.xxxx.

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Huge slowdown to SQL Server query on adding wildcard (or top)

I've got a zoo of 20 million animals which I track on my SQL Server 2005 database. About 1% of them are black and about 1% of them are swans. I wanted to get details of all the black swans and so, not ...
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How to the get current date without the time part

In SQL Server 2005 how do I get the current date without the time part? I have been using GETDATE() but would like it to have a time of 00:00:00.0
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What risks are there if we enable read committed snapshot in sql-server?

I have read here that some extra data will be stored per row so we might see a performance degradation but what other risks are there? eg. Will this affect recovery of the database? Is there anything ...
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Downgrading from SQL Server 2008 to 2005

Database files that are built using SQL 2008 are not compatable with 2005. Is there a work around?
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How to identify which query is filling up the tempdb transaction log?

I would like to know how to identify the exact query or stored proc which is actually filling up the transactional log of TEMPDB database.
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Index Seek vs Index Scan

Looking at an execution plan of a slow running query and I noticed that some of the nodes are index seek and some of them are index scan. What is the difference between and index seek and an index ...
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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 is the most efficient way to get the minimum of multiple columns on SQL Server 2005?

I'm in a situation where I want to get the minimum value from of 6 columns. I've found three ways so far to accomplish this, but I have concerns with the performance of these methods and would like ...
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Is 'Avoid creating a clustered index based on an incrementing key' a myth from SQL Server 2000 days?

Our databases consist of lots of tables, most of them using an integer surrogate key as a primary key. About half of these primary keys are on identity columns. The database development started in ...
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How do I copy a table with SELECT INTO but ignore the IDENTITY property?

I have a table with identity column say: create table with_id ( id int identity(1,1), val varchar(30) ); It's well known, that this select * into copy_from_with_id_1 from with_id; results in ...
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Optimization issue with user defined function

I have a problem understanding why SQL server decides to call user defined function for every value in the table even though only one row should be fetched. The actual SQL is a lot more complex, but I ...
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What are database statistics, and how can I benefit from them?

I've heard mention of statistics that SQL Server keeps by default. What are they tracking, and how can I use this information to improve my database?
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Why would someone put `where 1=1` in a query?

I came across a view in our database today where the first statement in the where clause was where 1 = 1. Shouldn't this return true for every record? Why would someone write this if it isn't ...
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SQL Server Cannot drop database <dbname> because it is currently in use… but no sessions displayed

When I try to drop a database I get the error "Cannot drop database "dbname" because it is currently in use". However, when I run sp_who2, there are definitely no sessions connected to this database. ...
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How do I run a large script with many inserts without running out of memory?

Question: I have a script with around 45 thousand insert from select statements. When I try and run it, I get an error message stating that I have run out of memory. How can I get this script to run? ...
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Sql Server database in recovery: How to stop, Take ofline or delete?

I have a development database which has entered recovery mode on restart, and has been recovering for the last hour or so. I need to either stop the recovery, or kill it in some way. I dont care one ...
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Why are periodic restarts required to keep my instance performing well?

We've got a production DB server on SQL 2005. Everything runs normally for a while, but after a couple weeks we see a notable performance drop. Only restarting SQL Server brings performance back to ...
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Can foreign keys cause deadlocks and hinder READ COMMITTED SNAPSHOT?

This is a followup question from: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7684477/is-it-possible-to-set-transaction-isolation-level-snapshot-automatically I'm still having deadlock/timeout situations in ...
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Is it possible to restore sql-server bak and shrink the log at the same time?

We have a bak file from a client that we have transferred to our developer offices for problem investigation. The backup is currently 25GB and the restored database is about the same size however it ...
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Can I launch a stored procedure and immediately return without waiting for it to finish?

We have a stored procedure that users can run manually to get some updated numbers for a report that's used constantly throughout the day. I have a second stored procedure that should be run after ...
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SQL Server how to get around the transaction log filling up when updating a column to an int

I have a SQL Server 2005 table called BRITTNEY_SPEARS_MARRIAGES and it has the following columns: MarrigeId tinyint, HusbandName varchar(500), MarrigeLength int Now I have another table ...
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How does shrinking a SQL Server log file affect performance?

I have a SQL Server 2008 database that has a data file of some 2GB in size, but the log file is over 8GB. With pre-2008 databases I could use the 'Backup log' and the TRUNCATE_ONLY option but this is ...
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Are there reasons why I should not set my db owner to [sa]?

Yesterday I asked this question regarding changing the dbo of multiple databases that I have. The change makes sense, but I want to be clear. Is there any, good reason or circumstance why I should ...
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Are Views optimized when I add a WHERE clause to them?

Does it make a difference if you filter a View inside or outside the View? For example, is there any difference between these two queries? SELECT Id FROM MyTable WHERE SomeColumn = 1 Or SELECT Id ...
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Rebuilding the transaction log

We have a very large database (~6TB), whose transaction log file was deleted. We have tried: Detaching and reattaching the database; and Undeleting the transaction log file but nothing has worked ...
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Is there any tangible difference between a unique clustered index and a clustered primary key?

I understand that there may be a difference in meaning or intent between the two, but are there any behavioral or performance differences between a clustered primary key and a clustered unique index?
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Does firing off an indefinite WAITFOR increase the log file size?

In the last release of my app, I added a command that tells it to wait when something arrives in the Service Broker queue: WAITFOR (RECEIVE CONVERT(int, message_body) AS Message FROM MyQueue) The ...
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Can I move rows between partitions by updating the partition key?

I would think that this would be a fairly simply question, but I've actually had a difficult time finding an answer for this. The question: Can you move rows of data within a partitioned table from ...
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What can cause a mirroring session to timeout then failover? SQL Server 2005

We have two production SQL Servers running SQL Server 2005 SP4 with cumulative update 3. Both servers run on physical machines that are identical. DELL PowerEdge R815 with 4 x 12 core CPUs and 512GB ...
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What types of corruption can DBCC CheckDB miss?

This question was prompted by this earlier post and my having a database filed away for future investigation that was restored following: BACKUP 'BrokenDatabase' detected an error on page (1:123456) ...
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Identical(?) SQL Server 2005 machines; query takes 2sec on one, 15min on the other

The Environment: We have two 32-bit Windows Server 2003 R2 machines running SQL Server 2005. The hardware configurations are identical servers with Xeon 5160 CPU, 4GB RAM, and 13GB RAID0. AWE and ...
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SQL Server Checklists

Following up from my other question, I would like to start thinking about what I should take a look at on daily/weekly/monthly bases in terms of alerts. I am hoping to be able to see problems coming ...
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Monumental difference in execution time between queries when using RECOMPILE query hint

I have two almost identical queries running on the same SQL Server 2005 instance: The first one is the original SELECT query as generated by LINQ (I know, I know... I'm not the application ...
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What is the difference between Shrink Database and File?

DBCC ShrinkDatabase() DBCC ShrinkFile() Do I need to run both DBCC commands in order to shrink the database? What is the difference between these two above?
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Is it possible to backup and restore part of a database in sql-server?

We have a sql-server 2005 database that we regularly transfer from our client site to ours. This takes a long time because we don't have a direct connection and have to transfer the file over their ...
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What exactly does “No Join Predicate” mean in SQL Server?

MSDN "Missing Join Predicate Event Class" says it "indicates that a query is being executed that has no join predicate". But unfortunately it does not seem to be as easy as that. For example, very ...
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What's better for large changes to a table: DELETE and INSERT every time or UPDATE existing?

I am making a project where I need to change around 36K records in one table daily. I'm wondering what will perform better: delete rows and insert new ones, or update already existing rows For me ...
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Can I query a tab-delimited file from SSMS?

Is it possible to query a tab-delimited file from Sql Server Management Studio to view its data without saving it anywhere? I know you can BULK INSERT from a tab-delimited file using something like: ...
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Performance difference between Clustered and Non Clustered Index

I was reading Clustered and Non Clustered Indexes. Clustered Index - It contains Data Pages. That means the complete row information will be present in the Clustered Index Column. Non Clustered ...
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Hard and Fast rule for include columns in index

Is there any hard and fast rule to decide what columns and in which order it should be put in Included in non clustered index. I was just reading this post Why use the INCLUDE clause when creating an ...
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Is shrinking a transaction log OK to do on a live database?

In Microsoft SQL Server 2005, is it OK to shrink the log file of an online database, or will it cause an interruption of service?
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How can I tell what recovery model my SQL database has?

Is there a SQL command I can run to determine the recovery model of my database? I want to know if its full recovery or not.
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How can I get the correct offset between UTC and local times for a date that is before or after DST?

I currently use the following to get a local datetime from a UTC datetime: SET @offset = DateDiff(minute, GetUTCDate(), GetDate()) SET @localDateTime = DateAdd(minute, @offset, @utcDateTime) My ...
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How can I backup a large SQL Server database without impacting performance?

We've had reports of queries running slowly or timing out early in the morning, and the only job I see running that I think could affect this is our database backup job. The database itself is about ...
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How do I change the instance name in MS SQL 2005 without installing a new instance?

I have an instance that really has nothing on it, it's merely been installed (it was intended for one project, but that never actually got done on this server, the project was done in duplicate on ...
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Which one is more efficient: select from linked server or insert into linked server?

Suppose I have to export data from one server to another (through linked servers). Which statement will be more efficient? Executing in source server: INSERT INTO ...
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Is there any benefit of a primary key that comprises all columns of the table?

I have a table with four columns that are all non-nullable, and the data is such that all four are needed to distinguish a unique record. This means that if I were to make a primary key, it would need ...
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SQL Server Frozen Ghost Cleanup workaround needed

I have several tables with amount of rows between 5M and 1.5G Each table has its BLOB field, which size varies from 100 bytes to 30 MBytes and which is stored as 'large value types out of row' = ON ...
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Why is an aggregate query significantly faster with a GROUP BY clause than without one?

I'm just curious why an aggregate query runs so much faster with a GROUP BY clause than without one. For example, this query takes almost 10 seconds to run SELECT MIN(CreatedDate) FROM MyTable WHERE ...
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INSERT performance difference between temporary tables and table variable

I have the following issue in SQL Server 2005: trying to inserts some rows into a table variable takes a lot of time compared to the same insert using a temporary table. This is the code to insert ...