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Interpreting SQL Server's Showplan XML

I just rolled out a feature on my site http://sqlfiddle.com that allows users to view the raw execution plans for their queries. In the case of PostgreSQL, MySQL, and (to some extent) Oracle, looking ...
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Latin1_General_BIN performance impact when changing the database default collation

I have set the database collation to Latin1_General_BIN, to make string comparisons case-sensitive. Will this have an impact on performance? Will it have any impact on DML or DDL operations in the ...
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Download SQL Server Profiler for SQL Server Management Studio

How can I profile a SQL Server 2008 database to see code that's being executed on a particular database? I remember using the SQL Server profiler, but I don't see it in SQL Server Management Studio ...
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SQL Server 2008 R2: Problems after computer name change

I'm having a confusing problem after changing the computer name of a remote server hosting a local SQL Server instance. Basically, a remote server was moved from one site to another. In order to ...
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Verifying password policy on existing users

I've recently come into an environment where a lot of databases logins do not have the enforce_password_policy flag enabled. An upcoming audit is necessitating the verification of these logins' ...
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How is SQL Server returning both a new value and old value during an UPDATE?

We've had issues, during high concurrency, of queries returning non-sensical results - results the violate the logic of the queries being issued. It took a while to reproduce the issue. I've managed ...
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How? SQL Cluster with multiple active nodes (not failover)

I'm building a new SQL 2008 R2 (Enterprise) Cluster that is backed by an EqualLogic iSCSI SAN. Instead of building a failover cluster (which I have done), I would instead like to setup several nodes ...
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Should I join datetime to a date using cast or range?

This question is a take-off from the excellent one posed here: Cast to date is sargable but is it a good idea? In my case, I am not concerned with the WHERE clause but in joining to an events table ...
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How can I shred this Extended Events XML as fast as possible?

I created an Extended Events session in SQL Server 2008 R2. The session runs, and collects events as they happen, exactly like you'd expect. If I shred the xml when there are relatively few events, ...
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Free space of mdf and ldf does not match with database free space

In SSMS I saw file size related properties and found below details for one database. Here values does not match with other properties. Here size of the mdf, ldf and total size matches with other ...
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Transaction and Try-catch in SQL Server Job

We have DML operations in each step of a SQL Server job. To ensure the update/insert will be rolled back in case something goes wrong, I have wrapped the data modifications of each step in TRY CATCH ...
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How should I configure these disks on a SQL Server for a BI configuration?

Assuming constant memory (32gb) and CPU (4), 2 x disk arrays, I have the following disks 2 x 150 (10k) 6 x 150 (15k) They are all local disks. My requirements My DB is 350gb and set to default ...
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'Cleanse' a SQL Server database file created with Instant File Initialization enabled?

I have Instant File Initialization enabled on our SQL Server, so the 'empty' part of the database file is not zeroed before being allocated. My understanding is that this means that the file could ...
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SQL 2008 R2 creates user/schema when Windows user creates tables

We added a server login and database user that map a Windows Group to a SQL 2008 R2 instance using the following script, with the names changed for anonymity: USE master go CREATE LOGIN [DOMAIN\...
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An efficient way to compare two large data sets in SQL

Currently, I'm comparing two data sets, that contain unique StoreKey/ProductKey combinations. The 1st data set has the unique StoreKey/ProductKey combinations for sales between begin January 2012 and ...
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In Microsoft SQL Server 2008, syntax generates the error “The Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) features are not enabled.”

I have the following virtual column generated from an aggregate over a sorted partition, MIN(picture_id) OVER ( PARTITION BY [360_set] ORDER BY picture_id ASC ) However, when I execute that, I get ...
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Displaying the list of all tables in all database

How can I display a list containing all the tables of all the database in a SQL Server 2008 R2 server?
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TdsInputBufferError not 0 in LoginTimers errors of RING_BUFFER_CONNECTIVITY of sys.dm_os_ring_buffers

I've got an issue with SQL Server. The value of TdsInputBufferError is not 0 in LoginTimers errors of RING_BUFFER_CONNECTIVITY of sys.dm_os_ring_buffers. This happens randomly, once or twice a week, ...
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Working Linked Server Query fails in sp_send_dbmail

Take the following example: EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_send_dbmail @recipients = 'me@whatever.co.uk' , @query = 'SELECT TOP 10 * FROM LINKEDSERVERA.DATABASE.dbo.TABLE' , @attach_query_result_as_file = N'True' ...
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Biggest wait WriteLog

I have been given a server (SQL Server 2008R2 64 bit) where our application is running. There has been a gradual decrease in the performance of the application. Now it has come to a point where ...
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Why dropping all foreign keys from a script is not working? [closed]

I have sysadmin rights on a SQL Server 2008 R2 box. I found a script that can drop all foreign keys and re-add them for us when we need to after a testing import. So I execute the below code with no ...
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Design best practices for last tracking with indexed view

My tables structure is below : TbDoc (ID int , ...) TbDocActions( ID Int, DocID Int, Date DateTime, col1 int, col2 int, ...) I want to have indexed view to get last TbDocActions columns for ...
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CREATE DATABASE permission denied for sysadmin

I'm attempting to create a stored procedure that can be used as a proxy for creating databases where users do not have rights for creating databases. See Restricting Database Access/Functions to User ...
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Disadvantages of reorganizing all tables nightly

I consider scheduling a SQL Server job that reorganizes all tables nightly. We don't have enterprise, so we cannot rebuild online (this means we need to reorganize). We also don't want to invest too ...
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SQL Server 2008 Full Text Index Never Seems to Complete

Our website has a SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Edition database with full-text indexing for our website search. Each time a new record is added or updated in one of the indexed tables, the indexing ...
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Rebuilding Indexes, DB now 10x the size

I have a SQL Server database (2008 R2 SP1) that was about 15 gigs. It turns out maintenance hadn't been running in a while, so I created a maintenance plan to rebuild all the indexes, they were very ...
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Deny access to information schema in SQL Server

I am looking for the best way to disable access to the sys.tables / Information Schema for a user / group in SQL Server. I found this thread from 2008 It shows a way how to deny access on [sys].[...
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Lead/Lag Implementation in SQL Server 2008 R2: Max memory exceeded

Background I'm trying to establish a "visits" sequence, wherein if an animal is detected at essentially the same place (General_Location) it counts as a single visit, but if it goes elsewhere and ...
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SQL update satement taking a very long time / high disk usage for hours

Yes it sounds like a very generic issue, but I have not been able to narrow it down very much yet. So I have an UPDATE statement in a sql batch file: UPDATE A SET A.X = B.X FROM A JOIN B ON A.B_ID = ...
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Does Detach/Attach or Offline/Online Clear the Buffer Cache for a Particular Database?

A buddy of mine told me today that instead of bouncing SQL Server, I could simply detach and then re-attach a database and this action would clear the given database's pages and plans from cache. I ...
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What does Page Life Expectancy say about the instance?

I have installed monitoring software on a few SQL Server instances in the environment. I am trying to find bottlenecks and fix some performance issues. I want to find out if some servers need more ...
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What characters are word breakers in English for SQL Server 2005 and 2008 R2?

I can find what DLL supports English word breakers by using sp_help_fulltext_system_components but I have not been able to find an actual list of the word breaking characters for English (like blank, ....
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Copy Database option not found in SQL Server Management Studio 2008 R2

I am unable to see the Copy Database option in SQL Server Management Studio 2008 R2. Can anyone tell me whats going on please?
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Why can't I read my transaction log backup file using fn_dump_dblog?

I'm using this blog on sqlskills.com as a guide to practice finding the relevant LSN in a transaction log backup for point in time recovery. After backing up the transaction log, I attempt to read it ...
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SA permissions issues with many nested objects

I have a broker application that's relatively complicated. Today, after I made some changes, I started getting the error: The server principal 'sa' is not able to access the database 'XYZ' under ...
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Is Information in sys.dm_db_index_usage_stats reliable

I'm archiving data from an old system that has no documentation. Lucky me... I'd like to find out when the tables were created, last accessed etc. Can I trust that this query will give me the correct ...
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Does Snapshot Isolation only give you what has been commited? (And General Snapshot Isolation questions.)

So, I have some deadlocking issues. I have seen two options to resolve it. Add read uncommitted to my db or do Snapshot Isolation and add read committed snapshot. After doing some research into ...
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Security implications disabling promotion of distributed transaction for linked server

I've a a linked server and I need to run the following statement: INSERT INTO...EXEC linkedserver.sp @parameter Both servers SQL Server 2008R2 SP1. Once I run it I get this error: Msg 7391, ...
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Efficently Remove 90% of a table's data

I am working on a process to remove 90% of a table's data because only 10% is needed for testing. The best way I have found includes storing 10% of the table's rows into a temporary table. Current ...
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Licensing standalone instance of SSIS

Basic background: I have an application on an app server (no MSSQL installed) that I want to allow to call an SSIS package. One Solution: One option seems to be that we can install just SSIS on the ...
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Large table and poor performance - what to do next?

We have a Windows 2008 R2 / SQL Server 2008 R2 (Standard) server that is used to host a single database. The database itself mainly consists of a single large table containing both live and historical ...
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Why not use SQL_Latin1_General_CI_AS for a global system?

What would be some really good reasons to not use the SQL_Latin1_General_CI_AS collation on a system which handles English, German, Japanese, and Chinese data? I'm having a really hard time finding ...
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Hiding a SQL Server vs Turning Off SQL Browser

Can anyone explain the difference between turning off the SQL Browser service and Hiding an instance through the SQL Server Configuration Manager? I've always assumed they do the same thing and have ...
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Interpretation of a column in SQL Server profile trace

In a trace table generated by Profiler I tried to determine the origin of a lock using the column ObjectID2 joined to sys.allocation_units. The results are not good. It identifies many tables that ...
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How to take partitions or filegroups out of service

I'm an experienced SQL Server DBA but new to partitioning, and I have a couple of questions. Using SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition. I've inherited a large customer metrics database that grows ...
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SQL Server Dynamic Memory management

I am reading a book on SQL 2008 internals and troubleshooting by Christian Bolton, Brent Ozar and a old book written by late Ken Henderson and I am getting confused and curious about SQL server's ...
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Does index rebuild time depend on the fragmentation level?

Is the required time for index rebuild dependent on the level of fragmentation? Does the rebuild of a 80% fragmented index approximately take 2 minutes if the rebuild of the same index fragmented 40%...
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Strategies for “checking out” records for processing

I'm not sure if there is a named pattern for this, or if there isn't because it's a terrible idea. But I need my service to operate in an active/active load balanced environment. This is the ...
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Oprhaned entries in msdb..sysjobactivity

In this question: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/18445825/how-to-know-status-of-currently-running-jobs This answer was proposed: SELECT sj.name , sja.* FROM msdb.dbo.sysjobactivity AS sja ...
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XML queries with case insensitive tag

I have a requirement where i want XML tags to be case insensitive in my xml queries. For example: DECLARE @myTable TABLE ( yourXML XML ) INSERT INTO @myTable SELECT '<z><a><b>1&...