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Would it be considered as a bad practice to have multiple nullable FKs on a table in SQL Server

On my database structure in SQL Server, I have 3 types of products which requires different information about the order. So, I created one Customers table and three different orders tables: ...
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How can I know which store procedure or trigger is using a table on SQL Server 2008 R2?

This is the case that in the DB I'm checking, there is an archive table which keeps the user history, and there is a trigger or store procedure that after some time delete rows from this table, in ...
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Backing up file groups with restore to earlier backup

I have a task: I have created a database with a filegroup lamb that has a few tables. I need to extract a csv into a table in a filegroup named lamb and back up that filegroup. Then extract another ...
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How to backup/restore SQL Server database from command line similar to mysql

I need to automate the migration for some databases from an older server. I know that script a tool using C# for example can be a possibility but I need a simple, fast and effective solution in order ...
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How to get text for default language

I have so tables: and so data at Language table: and so data at Text table: I have to return text for requested language if it exists and text for default language if it does not exist. Is it ...
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SQL JOIN Syntax in MS SQL

I have been taught in my MSSQL classes, this is how to join two tables select * from FirstTable A JOIN SecondTable B on A.ID= B.ID Now in my professional life, I came across JOIN queries like ...
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Shrinking log file

Some of the sql log files (idf) are hugh like 5gb. Found a article (http://extended64.com/blogs/rhoffman/archive/2009/06/11/shrink-sql-server-2008-database-log-file-script.aspx) but not sure why he ...
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Multiple Transaction Log files and performance impact

So I've gotten into an argument with several people regarding the number of transaction log files a give databases should have. I've seen several post saying you should only have 1 transaction log ...
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Microsoft recommends using Rowversion over timestamp , but i can not find “rowversion” data type inside my sql server 2008 R2 [closed]

MS on this link http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms182776.aspx mentioned that we should use rowversion data type over Timestamps. Now inside my sql server 2008 R2 I want to create a column with ...
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Is there a “best-practices” type process for developers to follow for database changes?

What is a good way to migrate DB changes from Development to QA to Production environments? Currently we: Script the change in a SQL file and attach that to a TFS work item. The work is peer-...
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How do I assign an entire Active Directory group security access in SQL Server 2008?

I would like to use integrated security with my internal application which is all on a domain. Unfortunately, I've never been able to get this to work well. I would like to assign an entire Exchange ...
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why is io_stall_writes_ms so much higher for tempdb?

We have the user and system data files on the same disk drive. The ( io_stall_write_ms / ( 1.0 + num_of_writes ) ) is below 2 for the user files but the tempdb files are typically over 400. I see ...
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Why do we need to rebuild and reorganize Indexes in SQL Server

After searching the internet i couldn't find the reason for Why do we need to rebuild and reorganize indexes in SQL Server ? what does internally happens when we rebuild and reorganize ? An ...
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SQL Server permissions to create, restore, delete only some databases

On MS SQL Server 2008 R2, I need to have user which can create, restore, DBCC CHECKDB and then drop databases. But he must not be able to access or delete specified databases on server (security ...
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Efficency of stored procedures vs raw queries

I have read much on both sides of this debate: is there a signficant performance gain to be had by using only stored procedures over raw queries? I am specifically interested in SQL Server but would ...
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How to optimise T-SQL query using Execution Plan

I have a SQL query that I have spent the past two days trying to optimise using trial-and-error and the execution plan, but to no avail. Please forgive me for doing this but I will post the entire ...
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How and when does SQL Agent update next_run_date/next_run_time values?

I've been working on code in T-SQL to add new schedules to a SQL Agent job using the sp_add_jobschedule proc in the msdb database. When I add a new schedule (typically a run-once at a specific date/...
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SQL Disk Setup Advice - TempDB, Log DB, Data file placement question

We have a very active database server with a ecclectic collection of applications running on it. Two of the busiest are a Laserfiche database that does document scanning and workflow processing all ...
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Restore encrypted database to another server

I'm using a product which runs on SQLServer 2008. Understandably the company supplying it don't offer SQLServer support. When I installed the product I specified a password to encrypt the database. I'...
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Problem Reaching VM SQL Server Instance

Here's what I'm working with right now. I have a host OS which includes a SQL Server 2008 Enterprise instance. I have a virtual machine running on this host which has a SQL Server 2008 R2 Express ...
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How do long columns impact performance and disk usage?

In our current project it just happens too often, that we need to extend columns by a couple of characters. From varchar(20) to varchar(30) and so on. In reality, how much does it really matter? How ...
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Writing select result to a csv file

We need to write the SELECT query results to a csv file. How can it be done using T-SQL in SQL Server 2008 r2? I know that it can be done in SSIS, but for some reasons, we don't have this option. I ...
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Pros/Cons Using multiple databases vs using single database

Working on a new project which has the requirement to use 7 databases. Arguing performance, stability, optimization is easier implemented. While I don't agree I'm having trouble collecting good ...
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How can I help SQL Server recognize my indexed view column is NOT NULL-able?

I have the following indexed view defined in SQL Server 2008 (you can download a working schema from gist for testing purposes): CREATE VIEW dbo.balances WITH SCHEMABINDING AS SELECT user_id ...
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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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Check server activity with code

I would like to see the activity on of the SQL server. So I can run a query when the server load is low. I know there is an activity monitor in SQL server but my company doesn't want me to give the ...
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What could cause the wrong ID to be inserted?

I have a SQL Server 2008 server (build 10.0.5500). Earlier this week I ran this on a table that already had data in it: delete from dbo.table go dbcc checkident('dbo.table',reseed,0) When the ...
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Test if any fields are NULL

I'm trying to figure out an easy query I can do to test if a large table has a list of entries that has at least ONE blank (NULL / empty) value in ANY column. I need something like SELECT * FROM ...
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Why does my procedure run slowly until I update statistics?

I am using a SQL 2008 database (not R2 sadly but have also tested this on an R2 database server) and have an ELT process running. Data is extracted from source and loaded to staging tables in the ...
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SQL Server 2008: how much RAM memory should SQL Server use in a 8GB RAM server?

We have SQL Server 2008 and 8GB RAM in a customer, hosted in a Windows 2008 R2 SP1, and consider the following amount of free memory: and consider the following running programs: Scenario: ...
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SQL Subquery , One to Multiple rows

Following query I have written returns the result as expected, example 121350 rows. SELECT dbo.Articles_in_Consignment.Consignment_id, dbo.ORDER_D.Orders_boxsize, dbo.ORDER_D....
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How to find memory usage by table? [duplicate]

I want to discover how much memory is being used by each table. Is this information available in DMVs or elsewhere?
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SQL Server VARCHAR Column Width

Searching around the web, I have found conflicting advice on whether there is a performance impact when specifying overly-wide VARCHAR columns, e.g. VARCHAR(255) when VARCHAR(30) will probably do. I ...
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Tracking stored procedure usage

Besides using SQL Server Profiler, is there any way to track which stored procedures are being used, or at least when they were last executed?
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Restore bak file to smaller mdf and ldf database files

I have a legacy database whose nightmarish lack of design I will not get into here, but the files on the server are (relatively) enormous. I have: MyDatabase.mdf: 24.8GB MyDatabase.ldf: 114.6GB This ...
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Hard limitation for merge replication article count?

A bit of background. We developed an app that uses merge replication. Right now, we are currently publishing about 212 articles, and everything is fine, as it appears to fall into the 256 article ...
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Query Running Differently on SQL 2005 vs SQL 2008R2

At my office, we have a query that is pretty ugly, but runs pretty well in production and in the development environment (20sec, and 4sec respectively). However in our testing environment it takes ...
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Get Job id OR Job name from within executing job

I have a central DB that I write job outcomes on all my servers back to. I pass 3 parameters via powershell in a SQL job back to a sp on the central server that verifies the job should be running at ...
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Shared Lock issued on IsolationLevel.ReadUncommitted

I read that if I use IsolationLevel.ReadUncommitted, the query should not issue any locks. However, when I tested this, I saw the following lock: Resource_Type: HOBT Request_Mode: S (Shared) ...
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Why does “SELECT POWER(10.0, 38.0);” throw an arithmetic overflow error?

I'm updating my IDENTITY overflow check script to account for DECIMAL and NUMERIC IDENTITY columns. As part of the check I compute the size of the data type's range for every IDENTITY column; I use ...
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Window functions cause awful execution plan when called from a view with external parametrized 'where' clause

I had this issue long time ago, I found a workaround which suited me and forgot about it. But now there's that question on SO so I'm willing to bring this problem up. There's a view that joins few ...
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Transaction Log maintenance on Mirror database

SQL Server Version: 2008 R2 Enterprise SP2 I am trying to get a handle on our SQL Server maintenance and I came across something I think is incorrect. We have a single production instance with 3 ...
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Index seek much slower with OR condition compared with separate SELECTs

Based on these questions and the answers given: SQL 2008 Server - performance loss possibly connected with a very large table Large table with historical data allocates too much of SQL Server 2008 ...
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Changing ANSI_NULLS setting on a table

Can we use the following query to update ANSI_NULLS option. sp_configure 'allow updates', 1 reconfigure with override update sysobjects set status = status | 0x20000000 where name = 'tblClient' ...
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Best value for fill factor in index

I use SQL Server 2008 R2 and want to set value for fill factor property in each index. I look for recipe to calculate best value for this property (have better performance when insert record) . Also ...
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How to find which edition the SQL Server installation media belongs to

Without installing SQL Server media 2008 and 2012, how can we know that the media belongs to a certain edition (like Developer, Standard or Enterprise)?
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SQL Server log shrinking Issue [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why Does the Transaction Log Keep Growing or Run Out of Space? I have a 300 GB database log in our SQL Server. I want to shrink all the logs but it is not allowing me to do ...
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Query (duration) different between data value change

I am trying to write a query that would get me the duration of a status in a table. This query needs to work in SQL Server 2008. Say I have the following table: Key Value RecordDate 1 1 2012-...
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How to find which tables and views a user has access to?

We have a SQL Server 2008 database and have restricted all tables and views away from a specific user ID. Over the years we have granted back tables and views one at a time based on user need. We ...
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Error: Cannot Generate SSPI context

When someone tries to connect to a SQL Server instance, the error shows up: It's not possible do generate SSPI context. Yesterday we had a blackout (don't know how to say this expression in ...