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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Why is there still a varchar data type?

Many of my databases have fields defined as varchars. This hasn't been much of problem since I live and work in America (where the only language that exists is "American". ahem) After working with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to prevent transaction log getting full during index reorganize?

We have multiple machines where we have pre allocated the size of the transaction log to 50gb. The size of the table that I am trying to reorganize is 55 - 60 gb but is going to continuously increase. ...
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Will the transaction log shrink automagically in SQL Server?

When SQL Server database in a SIMPLE mode, you don't have to care about the transaction log bakcups. But in a SIMPLE mode, the transaction log seems to grow as it does in FULL mode. Does is truncate ...
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Is it possible to get execution call stack in a trigger?

I have 10 stored procedures and each of them does INSERTs into one tableX. Is it possible in a trigger body of tableX to get what object causes modification of tableX (stored proc1 or sp2 or....) ? ...
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How to change SQL Server collation

How could I change the SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Default Collation for the whole server and a particular database? Is there a way to do it using visual interface of SQL Server Management Studio? In ...
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What exactly does “No Join Predicate” mean in SQL Server?

MSDN "Missing Join Predicate Event Class" says it "indicates that a query is being executed that has no join predicate". But unfortunately it does not seem to be as easy as that. For example, very ...
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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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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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alert when any job in a job category fails

Is it possible to set up an alert in SQL Server 2008 that will send an e-mail anytime a job in a specific category fails? I am wondering because I would like to set up an e-mail anytime an SSRS ...
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Is data retrieved from SQL Server compressed for transmission?

Is data retrieved from Microsoft SQL Server compressed? If this is controlled by the connection string, is there any simple way to tell if any particular app is using it? I'm examining analysis ...
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Tables with hierarchy: create a constraint to prevent circularity through foreign keys

Suppose we have a table that has a foreign key constraint to itself, like such: CREATE TABLE Foo (FooId BIGINT PRIMARY KEY, ParentFooId BIGINT, FOREIGN KEY([ParentFooId]) REFERENCES ...
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How do I run a batch file from a scheduled Job via SQL Server Agent

I'm attempting to run a (Windows) batch file from within a SQL Server agent job under SQL Server 2008 R2. In the Job Steps, I've created a new step, set its type to "Operating system (CmdExec)". I ...
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Is there an advantage to not partition aligning an index?

I have the privilege of managing a large partitioned OLAP table. While reviewing this table I noticed one of the indexes is not aligned with the partitioning scheme. Since the author is not ...
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SAN block size for SQL Server on 4KB NTFS

A potential customer wants to evaluate our storage system. They run Windows 2008R2 x64 with 4KB NTFS on a virtual test machine they've sent us. They did not seem to know this at hand, so I think it's ...
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How to sync the data between two identical DB

The thing is I've two identical databases, one is in my localhostserver at my laptop and the other one is on the office main server. Is there any automatic way or software that can synchronize the ...
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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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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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Read XML file in SQL Server 2008

How can I read an XML file and store the data in XML to our table in SQL Server 2008?
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how will nvarchar(max) store data in database will it be fast if some data is less then 4000 characters?

I have to develop a CMS which will support two Language English, Arabic. This CMS will be a sort of Article Publishing site. While designing & analysis i found that some articles are more than ...
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What is the most efficient way to alter a column definition in a table with millions of rows

I need to change a column from NOT NULL to NULL in a table that contains millions of rows. I've tried a simple alter table Table1 ALTER COLUMN Column1 XML NULL but it takes forever. So here are my ...
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SQL Profiler - Scripting a trace with HostName filter

I have a stock of scripted trace definitions that I use for different levels of diagnostics, none of which filter by HostName. I needed to filter traffic by host today so: Fired up Profiler Created ...
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Linked Server Risks

I'm implementing a new feature which requires data from databases on multiple servers. I just need to union data from all these servers and sort it. The two options that come to mind are: Use linked ...
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Primary filegroup is full SQL Server 2008

I have a large table (~50 million rows) I'm trying to bulk insert into SQL Server and I get the error: Could not allocate space for object 'myDB' in database 'I 3 Stroke' because the 'PRIMARY' ...
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Selecting 'edge' records in a sequence of data

I have a table of items which run sequentially by date with both a start and end for each entry: ID | Start | End ---------------------------------------- 1 | 2012-08-20 00:00 | ...
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UPSERT - Is there a better alternative to MERGE or @@rowcount? [closed]

I was wondering if you have encountered a T-SQL command similar to the concept of UPSERT? Performing INSERT|UPDATE operations using options (1) or (2) seems overly complex and error prone. OBJECTIVE ...
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Separate stored procedures for inserts and updates?

I have a table in Microsoft SQL Server. Sometimes I need to update, and sometimes I need to insert. I could write 2 stored procedures: InsertNewPerson UpdatePertsonById But I was thinking to write ...
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Grouping records based on intervals of time

I have a table with the following schema, and I need to define a query that can group data based on intervals of time (Ex. records per minute) and then provide the sum of the changes to the ...
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How to handle deadlock issue sql server 2008?

I have a simple application.This application update data of a table (B) from another table(A) which is changed every 60 sec. User may read data at any time so creating deadlock. How is this sort of ...