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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to trace SQL queries which are crashing SQL Server

We have a SQL Server 2008 database server (it happens to be running under MS Failover Clustering, but I don't think that is relevant here). Our application runs Hibernate for DB access, and since we ...
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Sql server 2008 filestream maximum number of rows

We are using filestreams in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (SP2) - 10.0.4000.0 (X64) and Windows server 2008 to store millions of files. Since there are millions of files all of them are grouped into 100 ...
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A good SQL sniffer

Can anyone point me to a good SQL sniffer where I can watch the SQL commands that run against my database in real time? If it's free, that would be great.
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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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Installation of SQL Server RAID 10 vs RAID 5

I am new to setting up SQL Servers and Vms. My predecessor used Raid 5 for C Drive where the SQL installation resided and RAID 10 for both database files and database logs. I was wondering whether ...
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Writing select result to a csv file

We need to write the SELECT query results to a csv file. How can it be done using T-SQL in SQL Server 2008 r2? I know that it can be done in SSIS, but for some reasons, we don't have this option. I ...
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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) ...
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How will large index INCLUDE fields effect system performance?

This question is about SQL Server index performance with a varchar(2000) as an INCLUDE in a covering index. I’m trying to improve performance in an slow and unstable database application. In some ...
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How do I determine if a table exists in a SQL Server database in SQL Server 2008?

How do I determine if a table exists in a SQL Server database in SQL Server 2008?
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Chaining SQL Server Agent Jobs

I have several work packages for each I have setup up a job in sql server agent. Sometimes I should run all together. What is the best way to run them all in a given sequence? I'm a bit surprised that ...
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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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Performance implications of using OPENQUERY in a view

Please see this http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7753380/performance-implications-for-using-openquery-in-a-view question on stackoverflow, it's a cross over subject and would love a dba's POV