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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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When should you specify PAD_INDEX?

So, you can use FILLFACTOR to leave space in leaf index pages. Specifying PAD_INDEX also leaves space in intermediate nodes. What scenarios should you specify PAD_INDEX, and what benefit does it ...
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Emulate a TSQL sequence via a stored procedure

I have a requirement to create a stored procedure which emulates a TSQL sequence. That is it always gives an increasing distinct integer value on every call. In addition, if an integer is passed in ...
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What's the most effective way to duplicate an instance on SQL 2008?

We've got a simple database instance with just enough data in the databases to keep it useful, and we can use it for demonstration purposes, and I want to put a copy of it on my laptop so I can use it ...
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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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How to view an encrypted view or stored procedure

I am working on a third party database. When I try to view the definition of a view by right clicking, CREATE TO and then to NEW QUERY EDIT WINDOW, I am getting an error: This property may not ...
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Why do linked servers have a limitation of 10 branches in a CASE expression?

Why does this CASE expression: SELECT CASE column WHEN 'a' THEN '1' WHEN 'b' THEN '2' ... c -> i WHEN 'j' THEN '10' WHEN 'k' THEN '11' END [col] ...
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How to clone a user in SQL Server 2008 R2?

Is there a way to clone users' security and permissions in Microsoft SQL Server, preferably using the SQL Server Management Studio GUI?
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Restoring a backup to an older version of SQL Server

When trying to restore a backup to a SQL Server Express 2008 database I got the following error: Restore failed for Server '...\SQLEXPRESS'. (Microsoft.SqlServer.SmoExtended) System.Data.SqlClient....
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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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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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The database principal owns a schema in the database, and cannot be dropped message

I am trying to delete a principal from the database but can't because it owns a schema. When I go to edit the user, however, the box to uncheck schemae is blue and unremovable. How can I remove the ...
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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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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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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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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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Necessary to include clustered index columns in non-clustered indexes?

Considering that a non-clustered index is based on the clustered index, would it be necessary for the non-clustered index to list any of the columns contained in the clustered index? In other words ...
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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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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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How to create Sql Server login for a domain account?

All, I have Sql Server 2008 installed on a server (let's say Server1) in a Domain (let's say AD). I also have a domain account called AD\Sql1. This is not an Admin account on the Domain (AD), but I ...
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How do you ORDER BY a parameter?

Just wondering if I could solicit some feedback on a stored procedure I'm running and whether there's a more efficient way of handling the scenario (I'm pretty sure there will be!). Basically I have ...
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Best practices for connecting DBs that are in different geographical regions

We are about to set up SQL Servers in different countries. We need to link them, but we don't have to have a direct link (as in linked server). In other words, they can be loosely coupled. Is it ...
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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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SQL Server statements intermittently slow on SQL Server 2008 R2

On one of our customers, we've been having some performance issues on our application. It's a .NET 3.5 web app that is consuming and updating data on a SQL Server database. Currently our production ...
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What is the impact of changing the index creation memory setting in SQL Server?

I am trying to create some indexes a SQL Server 2008 database but am getting the following error message. Msg 8606, Level 17, State 1, Line 1 This index operation requires 1024 KB of memory ...
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Implications of using a Unique NonClustered Index with Covering Columns instead of a Primary Key

We have a large table [MyTable] which currently has both a Primary Key, and a Unique Non Clustered Index on the same column ([KeyColumn]). The U NC index also has additional covering columns. Having ...
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What is the cause of this problem with CONVERT()?

Consider the following two statements: PRINT CONVERT(NUMERIC(38, 0), 0x0100000001, 0); PRINT CONVERT(NUMERIC(38, 0), 0x0100010001, 0); Both statements return -1; isn't that incorrect since the ...
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Query to report disk space allocation and used space

We are using 6 databases in total for an application, and we can only share 4TB of space among all 6 auto-grow databases (via SAN storage). I'd like to write a query (report) for a single database ...
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SQL Server Backups - A couple of questions

We run our weekly backup job at 9pm on Fridays and we are experiencing a couple of issues with regard to disk space (which gets perilously low at times) and performance. We're looking at streamlining/...
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Save Results as CSV *with* headers in SSMS

With SQL Server 2008 R2, when I save the results as a CSV there are no headers. I can work around this by copying and pasting with the "Copy with Headers" , or just grab the headers and paste them in ...
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UPDATE with JOIN on 100mm records, how to do this better? (in T-SQL)

I need to update 100 million records in a single table, in effect, normalizing the table by replacing the varchar value of a column with simply an ID. (I say "replacing" but really I'm writing the ID ...
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How do I get a list of all the partitioned tables in my database?

How do I get a list of all the partitioned tables in my database? Which system tables/DMVs should I be looking at?
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What's a good tool for visualizing SQL Agent jobs? [closed]

I find the built-in MS SQL Studio tools for managing Agent jobs to be a little frustrating. What tools out there have you found helpful? Offhand, there are three things I'd like to see in such a ...
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Backing up & restoring 10-20 SQL Server databases to a ~synchronous state?

I need to backup up 10-20 SQL Server 2008 R2 databases with sizes between 10-50 GB, while they are online and used simultaneously by a single enterprise app. I also need to restore them to a state ...
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Deadlock error isn't returning the deadlock SQL

Transaction (Process ID) was deadlocked on lock resources with another process and has been chosen as the deadlock victim. Rerun the transaction. I am getting this error randomly when one of my ...
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SQL Profiler tutorials for newbie

The MSDN documentation tough to understand. Are there any online tutorials available to learn SQL Profiler? If possible, videos or simple blog posts would be preferred.
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When to use XML data type

I'm responsible for creating a database on a project. We have fields that are rarely going to have a value (1 in every 10,000 records) and I'm trying to work out the best way to store this in the ...
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SQL Server 2008 - Cross database performance on same physical machine and server instance

Is there any performance hit when doing a select across another DB on the same physical machine? So I have 2 databases on the same physical machine running within the same SQL 2008 instance. For ...
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Updating a table with millions of records, its been 4 days

I am currently updating a table with millions of records, its been 4 days and query is still executing. I checked the activity monitor its shows that query is running. In event log there is no ...
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Empty Strings: Why or when is '' equal to ' '?

Who can explain why select case when '' = ' ' then 1 else 0 end, LEN(''), LEN(' '), DATALENGTH(''), DATALENGTH(' '); yields ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- 1 ...
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SQL Server NTFS allocation unit size

On Windows 2008 R2 running SQL Server 2008 R2 how imporatant is the NTFS allocation unit size on DISK IO performance. It appears to me that server admin who built the few servers for a mission ...
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Insert if not exists, concurrently

I am having concurrency issues with my inserts in a stored procedure. The relevant part of the procedure is this: select @_id = Id from table1 where othervalue = @_othervalue IF( @_id IS NULL) BEGIN ...
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Executing same request from C# VS SSMS give different execution time

I have a request like this one SELECT [EstimateId], [CreationUserId], [EstimateStatusValueId], [LanguageId], [LocationId], [EstimatorUserId], [FilterUnitSystemTypeId], [EstimateNumber], [...
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SQL Server 2005/2008 UTF-8 Collation/Charset

I can't find option(s) directly to set UTF-8 rellated Collations/Charsets in SQL Server 2005/2008, same as is possible to set in another SQL engines, but in SQL Server 2005/2008 are there only Latin ...
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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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Workspace Memory Internals

Per my reading books on SQL Server 2008 Internals and Troubleshooting (borrowed from local library in Illinois) by Christian Bolton, Brent Ozar etc. I am trying to seek understanding and confirmation ...
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Is it possible to create an alias or synonym for a database?

Is it possible to create a database alias or synonym? What I am hoping to be able to do is have NewDatabaseName aliased as OldDatabaseName to prevent having to rewrite a ton of code. Backstory: I ...
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Compact Large Objects in Reorganize Index task

I'm setting up a maintenance plan in SQL Server 2008 R2. On the Reorganize Index Task it has an option for "Compact Large Objects". What does that mean and do I want to turn it on?
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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 ...