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Slot Array and Total Page Size

I continue to read in many forums and on many blogs that a page is comprised as shown below: Page Size: 16 x 512B = 8192B Page Header: = 96B Maximum In_Row Row: = 8060B This leaves (...
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noexpand hint for non-enterpise edition and performance

I have to use Indexed views to reach performance. As I can see from this comparison table standard edition does not support indexed views. But BOL says: Indexed views can be created in any ...
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Restrict access for Windows administrator

As the SQL Server best practices says, "Windows Authentication mode is more secure than SQL Authentication". And now I want to know: is there a way to protect SQL Server from user with Windows ...
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How to change the firing order of Triggers?

Realy I rarely use triggers. So I met a problem at first time. I have a lot of tables with triggers (2 or more for every table). I would like to know and change the order of firing triggers for every ...
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SQL SERVER Storage of TinyInt

In SQL Server, why is a tinyint stored with 9B in the row. For some reason there seems to be an additional one byte at the end of the NULL bitmap mask. USE tempdb ; GO CREATE TABLE tbl ...
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Scheduled backup task doesn't always backup all databases despite always saying job successful

I have a job in SQL 2008 that runs a stored proc to backup all databases. This runs daily via sql server agent job. It quits with success every day but some days it quits with success only after ...
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Does SSRS lock the table when querying?

My senior DBA told me that SQL Query execution by default doesn't lock the table. I was having some issues with my SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) report which seems to be getting some issues ...
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SQL Server not giving back memory - staying at Max Server Memory setting

I'm the only one working on this server and followed documentation about optimizing SQL memory usage when I saw that SQL was using all of the memory available of the server. One of the steps I did is ...
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How to back up a small database in SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Edition

I will shortly be migrating a database from SQL Server 2000 (part of SBS 2003) to SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Edition The database is small, and there are only a few hundred short transactions per day ...
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grant permission

i've got a database-role, -login and user CREATE LOGIN dummyLogIn WITH PASSWORD = 'dummyPassword', CHECK_POLICY = OFF; CREATE USER dummyUser FOR LOGIN dummyLogIn; CREATE ROLE "dummyRole"; with ...
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SELECT permission on view querying table from another database

SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 My company uses the Great Plains (GP) financial system with several customizations. Our Value-Added-Reseller (VAR) for GP has setup most of these customizations in a separate ...
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SQL Server Min Server Memory

using SQL 2008 R2 with SP2 with a server with 64 GB of RAM. I have set max server memory to 58GB considering SQL Server is limited to only database engine related service only. I have a question ...
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Truncate log file mirrored database

In SQL Server 2008, I have a mirrored database with a log file that has increased to 80GB, which is not normal and I have serious problem. I would like to decrease the log file size by truncating it. ...
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Transaction log growing on a mirrored principal

I have a pair of SQL Server 2008 R2 servers hosting a synchronously mirrored database with no witness. This weekend, we had to do some network maintenance so I paused the mirroring. Upon resuming, the ...
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SQL Server: How to call stored procedure without schema name?

SQL Server 2005std/2008web edition db=user=schema=owner='John' I'm moving website from one server to another. This piece of code works well on old server with SQL Server 2005. Dim sqlCmdVehicle ...
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Convert varchar column to datetime

In SQL Server, I have a varchar column with value such as: 07/May/2012:00:06:22 07/May/2012:00:06:22 07/May/2012:00:06:22 07/May/2012:00:06:22 07/May/2012:00:06:22 QUESTIONS How do I convert ...
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Concatenate one-to-many field in single result?

Say I have the following query: SELECT * FROM AppDetails, AppTags WHERE AppDetails.AppID = '1' AND AppDetails.AppID = AppTags.AppID Which gives the following results: AppID AppName ...
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Migration to databases Domain Users do not have access

I migrated databases to new servers, however the applications that were previously used with the databases are failing to load. I have changed the connections and etc. The jobs also seem to be failing....
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Multi-tenant database using SQL Server 2008?

I am designing a database using a shared schema containing the "security views" to which all logged tenants will be directed. I read the msdn article on Multi-tenant Data Architecture. I understand ...
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Can I delegate SQL Agent rights without granting sysadmin rights?

I'd like to give a user the ability to administer SQL Agent jobs. According to the doc page, I can do this by granting the "appropriate" roles on msdb. I've granted all three SQLAgent% roles, but ...
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SQL 2008 Server agent cant see perfmon counters

I am trying to create a new SQL server agent alert to capture "SQLServer:General Statistics|Processes Blocked||>|5' but it looks like alert creation GUI is not able to see any perfmon counters as in ...
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Should I create a maintenance plan for my database or use jobs?

I tried creating a Maintenance Plan on my SQL Server 2008 database and was impressed by some of the things that are available out of the box. However, after it was created, it seemed difficult to ...
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Why TRY CATCH does not suppress exception in trigger

I have a trigger on a table (source) that data should be copied to the other one (target) in other database. I am trying to implement custom synchronization process for data: I want that target ...
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Dynamic Number of Columns in Pivot Table

I have a table to store StudentID, SubjectID, ObtainedMarks. Now I have to create a pivot table to show studentID and obtainedMarks in different subject. Number of subject may differ. I could generate ...
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migrating tables from Postgres to SQL Server 2008

(I fear what I wish to accomplish shall not be easy, but a lot of my googling around about it yielded rather dated results, so here it goes...) I have a Postgres 8.4.x database with over 100 tables. ...
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Can I get notification when event occur?

SQL Servers has Traces and XEvents. These are used to capture and analyze what is going on with our SQL Server Instances. Events are stored in the stack for later analysis. For example, If I decide ...
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PIVOT SQL Server

SQL Server 2008 R2 PIVOT IO Stats I have a script that collects IO stats from sys.dm_io_virtual_file_stats once a day and stocks them in a table. I want to be able to use these stats to generate ...
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Database running out of space

My database has 16MB of space left. I used to just truncate as I was taught but I found these links that advise against truncating: http://www.sqlskills.com/blogs/paul/why-you-should-not-shrink-your-...
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How to select the first 10 records for each table in the same database using sql

I have 50+ tables in a database. I don't want to use the following SQL on each table in a database. select * from {table_name} So, is it possible to display the first 10 records for each table ...
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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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table design to track significant events associated with an item

An Orders table I'm dealing with at present in design phase has about 10 or more columns. Each OrderID in the Orders table will have certain significant events or milestones. The number of Orders ...
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SQL Server agent option in SQL Server Express

I am using SQL Server 2008 Express. I don't have SQL Server Agent option in it. How can I enable it? I have searched on internet, but couldn't find anything. Do I need to install anything?
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Using Echo statement writes Echo is ON in the text file

Following code is used for write a number in the text file but instead it is writing "Echo is ON" into the text file. SET @CMD = 'ECHO '+@Ver+'>'+@Vercheck Print @CMD EXEC xp_cmdshell @...
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Convert date and time

I have a column with about 100 records in datetime (for example 2004-08-09 12:20:41:000) and I would like to convert all records or update same time just date only with format mm-dd-yyyy. Thank you.
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Why are my SQL Server 2008R2 databases not mirroring?

I'm trying to set up database mirroring in SQL Server 2008R2. I've taken a full backup and a transactional backup from my principal database and I've restored both WITH NORECOVERY. However, my mirror ...
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SQL services wont start due to incorrect drive letter after windows restore

SQL services wont start due to incorrect drive letter after windows restore Had a server crash, was successfully able to reinstall windows and restore the server SQL and all the necessary services ...
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Validate each parent intermediary is also a parent to itself

I want to validate where each parent intermediary is also a parent to itself. So this query should return invalid parents in SELECT if table has any. I need to do is first of all get all parents ...
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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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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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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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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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Estimate projected database growth

I recently started working with SQL Server 2008 as a DBA trainee. I need calculate the size of the database but also estimate its growth over recent months and the predicted growth for the next 12 ...
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How do I shrink all files quickly for all databases?

In SQL Server (2008 in this case) how can I quickly shrink all the files, both log and data, for all databases on an instance? I could go through SSMS and right click each and choose Tasks -> Shrink, ...
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Find Queries that Are Causing Waits

Given a certain kind of wait, how do you find which queries are causing those waits safely on a production SQL 2008 R2 Server? In this particular case I am wondering about async_network_io.
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SQL Server “empty table” is slow after deleting all (12 million) records?

I have a SQL Server 2008 instance with approximately 150 columns. I have previously populated this table with approximately 12 million entries, but have since cleared the table in preparation for a ...
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How to force drop database in SQL Server 2008

I'm trying to force drop a database, but after dropping the database, when I try to recreate the database, I'm getting the error cannot create file C:\Program Files.....[databasename].mdf because ...
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What is the purpose of the database 'owner'?

Today while troubleshooting a service broker problem, I discovered that the database owner was the Windows login of an employee who had left the company. His login had been removed and thus the query ...
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Is it OK to blindly add missing indexes?

I often use SSMS to test my slow stored procedures for missing indexes. Whenever I see a "Missing Index (Impact xxx)" my kneejerk reaction is to just create the new index. This results in a faster ...
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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 ...