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IF NOT NULL then UPDATE else keep the value of the field

I think I am somehow close to get it work, but for some reason I still get errors. I have the following UPDATE query: UPDATE DeviceAttribute SET Details = CASE Name WHEN 'Accessories' THEN ...
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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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Understanding SQL Server encryption (by password)?

After asking this I still have a question. A company need to store sensitive data. Please let's not talk about certificate right now. A DBA does the following : CREATE SYMMETRIC KEY ...
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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 ...
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Reducing Key Lookups

I am using SQL server, and I have been looking closely at the concept of key lookups, ...
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Why dropping all foreign keys from a script is not working? [closed]

I have sysadmin rights on a SQL Server 2008 R2 box. I found a script that can drop all foreign keys and re-add them for us when we need to after a testing import. So I execute the below code with no ...
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Working Linked Server Query fails in sp_send_dbmail

Take the following example: EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_send_dbmail @recipients = 'me@whatever.co.uk' , @query = 'SELECT TOP 10 * FROM LINKEDSERVERA.DATABASE.dbo.TABLE' , @attach_query_result_as_file = N'True' ...
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Problem with Czech collation Czech_CI_AI in MS SQL Server 2008 R2

I have the following issue with accent insensitive search in Czech language. My database is set to Czech_CI_AI collation. For some diacritics system works correctly (ie. I), but for some does not (ie. ...
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How to merge data sets without including redundant rows?

I think this must be a fairly common thing to do, but I haven't been able to find an example. It involves merging data that involves dates/times (or more generally any sequential values) without ...
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Identify cause of unusual transaction log growth

I have an application running on SQL Server 2008 (its a cluster but it hasn't failed over.) Previously the transaction log used to grow to 10-20Gb every 2-3 days and we would shrink it back after ...
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Simple Implementation of SQL Server 2008 Encryption

I am looking at using some of SQL Server 2008's encryption. I have read the following article on MSDN: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms179331.aspx Q1a: Is the master key password ...
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Protect SQL Server from hackers

Today, my SQL Server 2008 is attacked by hacker from IP address in China [4300 Login failure in last 7 hours]. I contacted GoDaddy support and below is what they told me. EXEC sp_readerrorlog 0, 1, ...
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What is the best query to use to monitor a SQL Server database's status?

I want to be able to run a query to get the crucial information about a database's status. I.e., I want the query to be able to tell what whether or not the database is in a good state. This is the ...
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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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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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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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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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ODBC Data Source SQL Server Connection - Login Failed For User

I have moved my database from an SQL 2005 to a server with SQL 2008. I am now trying to create an ODBC Data Source. I am using "With SQL Server authentication using a login ID and password ...
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sleeping SPID blocking other transactions

I'm really having trouble tracking down some blocking we are experiencing. The root blocking SPID's status is 'sleeping', the cmd is 'AWAITING COMMAND', and the sqltext is 'SET TRANSACTION ISOLATION ...
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SSIS 2008 Package Configurations being ignored

With the change to package configurations in 2008 compared to 2005 when I specify /ConfigFile something.dtsConfig on the command line, variables defined in the package are keeping their design-time ...
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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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How to apply a theme to SQL Server Management Studio 2008?

Has anyone had any success with, for example, applying a 'dark' them to the Text Editor component of of SSMS 2008? There was an old trick for 2005 which is no longer operational and has not been ...
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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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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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A Non-DBA Asks: How to Painlessly Copy/Move a SQL Server instance to another Server via Backup/Restore?

We've just got a new server so I need to copy the existing SQL Server 2008 instance over from the old db box. I normally do this by copying .mdf and log files over and attaching them but I'm not able ...
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Why can't I read Oracles CLOB columns via SQL-SERVER 2008 linked server?

I want to access data in an Oracle 11g database from SQL-Server 2008 I set up a linked server and when I execute select * from [Link_server_name]..Oracle_schema.Oracle_table and Oracle_table ...
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Automatic decimal rounding issue

The question is relatively simple. I need to calculate 3 columns where the mid results are huge decimals, and I'm running into a problem early on with SQL Server basically rounding the decimals ...
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Deny access to information schema in SQL Server

I am looking for the best way to disable access to the sys.tables / Information Schema for a user / group in SQL Server. I found this thread from 2008 It shows a way how to deny access on ...
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SQL Server 2012 Availability Group is it “AlwaysON”?

In a traditional SQL Server cluster when failover occurs, all clients that are connected to the SQL Server failed instance lose connections and each client must re-establish a new connection to ...
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Checking if 2 tables ( on different servers ) have the same exact data

So it seems that the company who is hosting our SQL Servers has been having some trouble with the replication from the production server to the backup server... I believe some of the tables have been ...
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Do indexes consume memory?

I am just starting to learn about memory usage on SQL Server. When using the query in the answer to the question SQL Server 2008 R2 "Ghost Memory"?, I discovered that a single database is ...
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How to find parent rows that have indentical sets of child rows?

Suppose I have structure like this: Recipes Table: RecipeID Name Description RecipeIngredients Table: RecipeID IngredientID Quantity UOM What are some good ways for ...
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SQL Server EXECUTE AS trouble

I'm missing something while trying to make my stored procedure use EXECUTE AS. The stored procedure is reading data from source_db, aggregates it and stores result in target_db. The sp itself is in ...
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CXPACKET Waits performance tune for SQL Server 2008

I have a SQL Server 2008 query that is working on millions of records. The query is w/in a proc that is run nightly by a job. The query can take a full day to run when I first put it on the server, ...
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Database Mirroring with TDE

I have the requirement of mirroring a few databases and also using transparent data encryption (TDE) on them as our data must be encrypted while 'at rest'. I have setup TDE on both the principal and ...
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problem running xp_cmdshell when Application Name set in connection string

I have an app on 10 or so servers that runs a few xp_cmdshell statements against MSSQL 2008. It works fine on all the servers except for one. To make things worse, I can run all the commands in SQL ...
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SQL Server 2008 can't repair consistency

I have a problem with a SQL Server 2008 database. Launching DBCC CHECKDB I get this error: SQL Server detected a logical consistency-based I/O error: incorrect checksum (expected: ...
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need suggestions to improve view performance

I am looking to improve the performance of a view in SQL Server 2008. This view exists in a reporting database that is widely used by not-very-technical-folk to basically denormalize all of these ...
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Could not find the Server Agent in SSMS

I am following the guide - http://www.sqlchicken.com/2009/07/how-to-create-a-server-side-trace-with-sql-profiler/ which is working until I reach Step 8 8. Now to schedule your newly created script. ...
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Connecting to a Remote SQL Server 2008 Instance

I work with SQL Server 2008 at my current job and the way I connect to the (backup) server where The SQL Server 2008 instance is installed is by doing a remote desktop from my local work machine into ...
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SQL Server 2012 Resource Governor Enhancement

In SQL Server 2012 what specific enhacement was made regarding controlling memory usage by using Resource Governor. Up until SQL Server 2008 R2 resource governor was only able to control memory ...
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Why does it take so long to calculate an Execution Plan?

One of our customers has just upgraded to a new server. For a particular stored procedure the first time you execute it, is taking over three minutes to run. Subsequent runs are less than 1 second. ...
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How do I clear a table from SQL Server's cache?

I have a few tables in my database that should not be cached. How do I tell SQL Server not to cache a table's pages or how do I flush a single table from the cache? Flushing all the cache is not an ...
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SQL Server Internal Inconsistency on GROUP BY

I recently recovered a database from a hard-drive failure using DBCC CHECKDB WITH REPAIR ALOW DATA LOSS. Now I can select records from a table-valued function to retrieve sales records, but using a ...
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What is the best practice for storing image varbinary(max) data in a database table?

I have a table that stores images that range in size between 16-100 KB each. Since the images are so small, I've taken Microsoft's advice and not used the FILESTREAM data type. The table is ...
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How to find all positions of a string within another string

How can I find all the positions with patindex in a table or variable? declare @name nvarchar(max) set @name ='ali reza dar yek shabe barani ba yek ' + 'dokhtare khoshkel be disco raft va ali ...
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Automatically restart SQL Server 2008

Is there a "best" way to automatically restart SQL Server on a regular basis? I read that I could create a batch file to net start, net stop the agent and service in a batch file and schedule that, ...
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Why can't I read my transaction log backup file using fn_dump_dblog?

I'm using this blog on sqlskills.com as a guide to practice finding the relevant LSN in a transaction log backup for point in time recovery. After backing up the transaction log, I attempt to read it ...
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Can I prove my database does not have memory issues?

(This is a continuation of do indexes consume memory) A fellow database developer believes we are having memory issues. He has seen increased run times in some standard queries - going from under 10 ...