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Moving tables to another SQL2008 database (including indexes, triggers, etc.)

I need to move a whole bunch (100+) of large (millions of rows) tables from one SQL2008 database to another. I originally just used the Import/Export Wizard, but all the destination tables were ...
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Why does SQL Injection not happen on this query inside a stored procedure?

I made the following stored procedure: ALTER PROCEDURE usp_actorBirthdays (@nameString nvarchar(100), @actorgender nvarchar(100)) AS SELECT ActorDOB, ActorName FROM tblActor WHERE ActorName LIKE '%' ...
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How to query last restore date in SQL Server?

Is there a TSQL query that shows the last restore datetime for a certain database?
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Is using DISTINCT as a hint in subqueries useful?

Does adding DISTINCT in the following example have any impact on the query running time? Is it wise to use it as a hint sometimes? SELECT * FROM A WHERE A.SomeColumn IN (SELECT DISTINCT ...
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Why might a table's data space take up 4x the size of the raw data?

I have a table with 490 M rows and 55 GB of table space, so about 167 bytes per row. The table has three columns: a VARCHAR(100), a DATETIME2(0), and a SMALLINT. The average length of the text in ...
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How to Drop Table with Non-Printable Character on its name

I have a legacy table with a name containing non-printable characters (CHAR(31), to be specific). The non-printable character is beside a underscore, and I've discovered that the shortcut ...
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Schema design - best practices?

I understand the capabilities of SQL Server Schemas, but what are the best practices? Sure they give another layer of security, and provide logical grouping of database objects within the database, ...
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Dynamically Define a Range in a Dimension

I have an issue that i face every time i decide to build a cube, and i haven't found a way to over come it yet. the issue is how to allow the user to define Range of things automatically without ...
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SQL large table design

I have a general question about SQL Server 2008 table(s) design. We currently have a table that is over 600GB and grows at about 3GB a day. This table has the appropriate indecies but is becoming a ...
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Varchar(Max) field cutting off data after 8000 characters SQL Server 2008

I have a field to store some data, the field is declared as varchar(Max). To my understanding this should be storing 2^31 - 1 characters but when I enter some content over 8000 chars it cuts the rest ...
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When should extended events be used instead of SQL Profiler/perfmon?

The extended events seem like a better technology and less stress on the server, but the SQL Profiler/perfmon has better tooling. Also the extended events seem to have a steeper learning curve. In ...
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Anybody using HierarchyId in production? Is it reliable?

Is anybody using HierarchyId in real production with tables of reasonable size, more than a few thousand rows? Is it reliable/performant? So far I have not found anyone not affiliated with the vendor ...
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How to avoid using variables in WHERE clause

Given a (simplified) stored procedure such as this: CREATE PROCEDURE WeeklyProc(@endDate DATE) AS BEGIN DECLARE @startDate DATE = DATEADD(DAY, -6, @endDate) SELECT -- Stuff FROM Sale ...
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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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SQL Server: deadlocked on lock communication buffer resources

what could be possible reason for this deadlock type? (not deadlock in general) lock communication buffer resources is this indicated system is low in memory and buffers count ran out of limit? ...
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Possible attack on my SQL server?

Checking my SQL Server log I see several entries like this: Date: 08-11-2011 11:40:42 Source: Logon Message: Login failed for user 'sa'. Reason: Password did not match for the login provided. ...
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Is ROLLBACK a fast operation?

Is it true that RDBMS systems are optimized for COMMIT operations? How much slower/faster are ROLLBACK operations and why?
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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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Best way to write SQL Query that checks a column for non-NULL value or NULL

I have a SP with a parameter that has NULL as default value and then I want to do a query like this: SELECT ... FROM ... WHERE a.Blah = @Blah AND (a.VersionId = @VersionId OR (@VersionId IS NULL AND ...
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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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How can I add a rowversion column to a large table with minimal downtime

Using SQL Server 2008 and later, I want to add a rowversion column to a large table however when I simply ALTER TABLE [Tablename] ADD Rowversion [Rowversion] NOT NULL Then the table is unavailable ...
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When a previously-fast SQL query starts running slow, where do I look to find the source of the issue?

Background I have a query running against SQL Server 2008 R2 that joins and/or left-joins about 12 different "tables". The database is fairly large with many tables over 50 million rows and about 300 ...
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Deadlocks From Locks on Same Temporary Tables In Different Processes

I have found a deadlock that appears to show something I thought was impossible. There are two processes involved in the deadlock: 1. process8cf948 SPID 63 Performing an ALTER TABLE on temporary ...
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Make SqlClient default to ARITHABORT ON

First things first: I'm using MS SQL Server 2008 with a database at compatibility level 80, and connecting to it with .Net's System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection. For performance reasons I've created ...
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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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Does the partition key also have to be part of the primary key?

I am partitioning a table based on a column that is not a primary key? I've read some conflicting information today on whether the partition column must be a part of the primary key. My gut says no, ...
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Why does SELECT 1/2 return 0?

As the title says. I even tried SELECT CONVERT(NUMERIC, 1/2) which also returned 0. I am using SQL Server 2008.
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SQL Server database on an SSD - any advantage to a separate file for every table?

I'm creating a database in which there will be around 30 tables, with every table containing tens of millions of rows and each table containing a single important column and a primary/foreign key ...
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The order of columns in a table [duplicate]

From what I've seen so far, when we define a table, normally we put the primary key as the first column. If there are miscellaneous columns that are common in all tables, they come at the bottom of ...
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Central stored procedure to execute in calling database context

I am working on a customized maintenance solution using the sys.dm_db_index_physical_stats view. I currently have it being referenced from a stored procedure. Now when that stored procedure runs on ...
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Moving from SQL 2005 [SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS] to 2008 - will I lose any features by using 'backwards compatibility'

We're moving from SQL 2005 [Instance and DB have collation of SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS] to SQL 2008 [which defaults to Latin1_General_CI_AS]. I completed a SQL 2008 R2 installation, and used ...
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How do I identify the column(s) responsible for “String or binary data would be truncated.”

I am generating some queries automagically with code I wrote to SELECT from a remote Pg database, and insert into a local SQL Server database. However, one of them is generating this error: ...
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In Sql Server's RANK function, how to limit the results to just the first 3 ranks

In Sql Server 2008, I am using RANK() OVER (PARTITION BY Col2 ORDER BY Col3 DESC) to return data set with RANK. But I have hundreds of records for each partition, so I will get values from Rank 1, 2, ...
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Why can't I use NEWSEQUENTIALID() as the default value for my column?

I'm trying to create a table in Management Studio and after reading about the new (from SQL 2005 on) NEWSEQUENTIALID() function, thought I'd give it a go. This is what I'm doing: But it's not ...
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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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Using IF in T-SQL weakens or breaks execution plan caching?

It has been suggested to me that the use of IF statements in t-SQL batches is detrimental to performance. I'm trying to find some confirmation or validate this assertion. I'm using SQL Server 2005 ...
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Massive INSERTs blocking SELECTs

I have a problem with a massive amount of INSERTs that are blocking my SELECT operations. Schema I have a table like this: CREATE TABLE [InverterData]( [InverterID] [bigint] NOT NULL, ...
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SQL Server recreating plans each day

We have this problem in our production environment. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (SP1) - 10.50.2500.0 (X64) - Enterprise Edition (64-bit) on Windows NT 6.1 (Build 7601: Service Pack 1). SQL Server ...
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Easily show rows that are different between two tables or queries

Imagine you have two different tables/queries that are supposed to have/return identical data. You want to verify this. What's an easy way to show any unmatched rows from each table just like the ...
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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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Do empty columns take up space in a table?

I have table that holds from very basic info. Just a title and a few date fields. There's one field called comments which is varchar(4000) Most of the time we leave it blank, but some times will enter ...
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Patterns for setting up sharding for SQL Server 2008 R2, in order to handle large datasets?

I want to handle a large dataset (> 1 billion rows) in SQL Server 2008 R2. I heard that if you set up "sharding" or "horizontal partitioning", it makes it quicker to handle large datasets as it breaks ...
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SQL Server 2008 R2 “Ghost Memory”?

We have a dedicated SQL Server 2008 R2 machine that is experiencing some strange memory issues.. The machine itself has plenty of resources including two quad-core processors, 16gb of RAM and 64bit ...
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IntelliSense not working but it is enabled

This problem is really proving to be a tricky one (and quite annoying). In SQL Server Management Studio 2008, up until a few days ago my IntelliSense was working great. Then all of a sudden it ...
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Performance implications of using OPENQUERY in a view

Please see this question on stackoverflow : I am using an EasySoft ODBC driver to link a SQL Server 2008 R2 Express instance to Interbase and I am having some difficulty with getting metadata ...
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Creating centralized DBA database

We have 200+ servers and I am thinking about creating a centralized DBA database where it logs backup, errors, space jobs and generate reports on SSRS. I am not sure where to start and I would highly ...
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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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Is there a way to determine if SQL Server queries are running in memory or going to disk?

I came across a set of stored procedures in an application today that are called repeatedly within a long running process. Within each procedure I found multiple different select statements, some ...
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How to use transactions with SQL Server DDL?

I have a login table into which all inserts are done by a single stored procedure. CREATE TABLE dbo.LogTable( LogRefnr int IDENTITY(1, 1) NOT NULL, LogQuery varchar(255) NOT NULL, LogTime ...
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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 ...