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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 to see what is cached in memory in SQL server 2008?

Is there a way how to find out what is cached in SQL Server 2008 R2? I have found the following nice article: ...
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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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Are there tools to perform data comparison between two different schemas?

We are migrating our database to a new schema but want to validate the data has been moved correctly. Traditional data comparison tools can compare two databases for differences if the schemas are ...
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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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Why does sql server need to convert count(*) result into int before comparing it with an int variable?

I have many queries in my application where in the having clause, I have comparison of count aggregate function with int variable. In the query plans, I can see an implicit_convert before the ...
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How do I write portable SQL that refers to a linked server?

I've got a stored procedure that refers to a linked server. In several places throughout the procedure I've got something like the following: INSERT INTO [TableName] (...Columns...) SELECT ...
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What is the function of rebuilding indexes?

I'm young in the IT world, and I'm learning daily. I just started working with SQL databases, and I have lots of basic questions. One in particular, What is the function of rebuilding indexes? I have ...
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Non-Clustered Indexes - keys and nonkeys

I just want to make sure I'm on the right track with these concepts, so any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Here's my theory from the query I've just optimised, through a process of trial and ...
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Table-Valued Parameter as Output parameter for stored procedure

Is it possibile to Table-Valued parameter be used as output param for stored procedure ? Here is, what I want to do in code /*First I create MY type */ CREATE TYPE typ_test AS TABLE ( id int ...
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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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Is it better to populate variables using SET or SELECT?

What is the better way (with regards to performance) to set a value to variable? By SET command: DECLARE @VarString nvarchar(max); SET @VarString = 'john doe'; SELECT @VarString; By SELECT ...
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Speed impact of using varchar in SQL Server 2008

In the old days, using varchar over char was a big no no, since the varchar was stored on a different page than the rest of the row. Is this still the case today with SQL Server 2008? Will I see any ...
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SQL Server in a state of confusion: does the database exist or doesn't it?

Got a really weird, annoying problem.. Somehow the instance of SQL Server 2008 R2 running on our server has gotten somewhat corrupted. First, we noticed that the database we created yesterday was ...
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SQL Server 2000 to 2008 to 2012

We are migrating from SQL Server 2000 to 2008 now. We are making lot of changes to code, scripts because there has been a lot of change since 2000 to 2008. While making these changes, What I want to ...
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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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Are SQL Server Database writes slower with Snapshot Isolation?

I have a lot of deadlocks going on in my system. I would like to use Snapshot Isolation to fix them, but my DBA has reserves about it. One of his concerns is that Snapshot Isolation slows down ...
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What is the best way to find out how many records do not have a proper phone number in SQL Server?

I have a field that people historically could use to freely supply a value. I need to identify the records which do not have an appropriate value so I can clean them. I've been looking around in SSIS ...
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Can I create a user defined table type and use it in the same transaction?

When I execute the following (in management studio, GO will separate the commands into batches) use tempdb begin tran go CREATE TYPE dbo.IntIntSet AS TABLE( Value0 Int NOT NULL, Value1 Int ...
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What does “*password------------” mean in a profile deadlock report?

In SQL Server 2008 R2, I got several deadlock reports that have "*password------------" in the input buffer. It looks like an attack but in that case I don't know the reason or the kind of attack. ...
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Can Windows Authentication logins be disabled on SQL Server 2008 (or R2)?

So we can do Windows Login or Mixed Mode, but can we configure SQL Server to only use internal logins and to block all Windows Logins? Is the only solution to add all potential Windows logins and set ...
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Does SQL Sentry Plan Explorer count the reads in UDFs?

I have a query like this: select dbo.fn_complexFunction(t.id) from mytable t In SQL Sentry Plan Explorer, I noticed I have to run Get Estimated Plan in SQL Sentry to make the Query Plan include the ...
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SQL Server 2008 and extended properties [closed]

In SQL Server, what do you guys use extended properties for? Some articles and blogs are suggesting they be used for self-documentation of the database and its objects but I can't see this being used ...
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Handling exceptions in stored procedures called using insert-exec blocks

I have a stored procedure that is called in an insert-exec block: insert into @t exec('test') How can I handle exceptions generated in the stored procedure and still continue processing? The ...
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When should indexes be dropped and recreated?

We are constructing a data warehouse that initially will be 1 TB and will grow around 20gigs every month. For certain tables we are doing daily ETL processes and others we are doing weekly/monthly. ...
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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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Why is “Lookup” colored as a function reserved word in SQL Server?

In SSMS 2208, the identifier "Lookup" is colored hot pink as if it were a function (same color as, say, "Power" or "Convert"). Why? I cannot find it in the official list of reserved words. Searches ...
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Suppress SQL Server Management Studio auto complete

Is there a way to temporarily suppress SQL Server Management Studio's auto-complete while typing a query? I don't want to disable auto-complete completely just say hold down some key while typing in a ...
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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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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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Maximum memory setting in SQL Server

I'm running SQL Server 2008 and a web based application, on a single dedicated server, with only 2Gb of memory available. As is noted elsewhere, SQL Server regularly takes up to 98% of physical ...
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What is the actual lowest possible positive REAL number

MSDN says that the range of REAL numbers is - 3.40E + 38 to -1.18E - 38, 0 and 1.18E - 38 to 3.40E + 38. Apparently the true lower limit is much lower. The following script populates a REAL column ...
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How to get accurate query performance?

I'm attempting to improve performance of a stored procedure. When I run the SP, it finishes almost instantly, as if something were cached. I was told to use the following two lines of SQL before ...
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SQL Agent powershell context reference

At my new job, we have multiple named instances on each servers. Server1\Dev Server1\DevIntegrated Server1\QA I have a SQL PowerShell script in the works that calls out to the OS, invokes ...
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How much “Padding” do I put on my indexes?

How do you know how much "Padding" an index should have?
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Should I add page level compression before adding the primary key, or after?

Situation Data warehouse on Sql Server 2008 Enterprise 36+ million row heap (don't ask), with 60+ columns 750k added monthly No primary key defined (I have now identified one) No compression What ...
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Query is slow for certain users

I have a couple queries called from a C# .NET web application which are always fast for me (I am an local admin on the SQL Server) but for a group of users (domain group with required permissions), ...
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Can I export a maintenance plan without using Integration Services?

I'm trying to export a simple maintenance plan from an SQL Server instance. I want to check the export into source control, and apply the exported maintenance plan to functionally identical ...
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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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Mirroring the Distributor

Has anyone had success with mirroring the distribution database? We have a dedicated server as a Distributor. It handles all our push replication from prod to reporting. We'd like to build an ...
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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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Is there a reliable way to determine when you should run DBCC CLEANTABLE to reclaim space?

Lately, instead of just growing files when they near 80% file utilization, I've been more proactive at reclaiming space via the usual tricks like defragmenting heaps, adding & dropping clustered ...
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Strategies for organising SQL Server with large amount of RAM

We now have a new server for our DB and amongst other things we have 128GB of RAM available (previously I had 16GB) . I know SQL Server is very good at managing it's resources, but I was wondering if ...
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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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How do I switch off SCHEMABINDING for a view without recreating it?

How do I switch off SCHEMABINDING for a view without recreating it?
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SQL Server 2008 datetime index performance bug

We are using SQL Server 2008 R2, and have a very large (100M+ rows) table with a primary id index, and a datetime column with a nonclustered index. We are seeing some highly unusual client/server ...
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BULK INSERT permission on a single database

I work on a company that has straight IT security manners. I was hired as a Database Analyst in order to optimize some processes in our team. The problem is that I only have read and write permissions ...
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SQLCMD Mode in SSMS and @@variable expansion

When using the SQLCMD mode withing SSMS (not from the commandline), is there a way to assign the current server and instance to a variable? This is different and distinct from assigning ordinary TSQL ...
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How does using separate schemas affect SQL Server 2008 performance?

I want to use separate schemas for objects with different purposes in our SQL Server 2008 database. Right now we use a fairly mind-numbing naming convention to indicate the purpose of a table or ...
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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 ...