This tag is for SQL Server 2008, major build version 10.00.xxxx.

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How to ensure that SQL Jobs run in the correct order within a minimal maintenance window?

From this question I learned about a script which creates jobs for backing up databases, checking database integrity, optimizing indexes, and cleaning files. According to the documentation, this ...
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What is the best practice for backing up a database in Simple mode?

I am trying to create a SQL Job for backing up my database. I want to have: A weekly full backup A daily differential backup Something that will clean up backups that are older that 14 days I ...
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Maintenance plan delete backup

I succeeded in making a backup through maintenance plan. All I need now is to find how to delete a folder (containing old backup) through the same maintenance plan.
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Should I create a maintenance plan for my database or use jobs?

I tried creating a Maintenance Plan on my SQL Server 2008 database and was impressed by some of the things that are available out of the box. However, after it was created, it seemed difficult to ...
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Duplicate database and keep it up to date - Replication or SSIS?

I would like to duplicate a database, on the same server, and keep it up to date either by running a scheduled service once a day or having SQL Server 2008 take care of this internally. We don't need ...
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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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What is the best way to monitor long running queries in SQL Server?

I have to run quite a few long-running queries (rebuilding indexes, updating large sets of data) for my database. Is there an alternative to running the query in SQL Server Management Studio and ...
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Report model data source

Does anybody know how i could use a linked server as a data source for a report model in SQL server 2008 r2? or how i could make this linked server a data source on a report model? Please help. Thank ...
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How do I alter index rebuild an entire database?

I want to reorganize the indexes of all tables in my SQL Server 2008 database, named 'db'. I try the following command: ALTER INDEX all ON db REBUILD And I get the following error: Cannot find ...
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Data Warehouse Creation

I'm fairly green when it comes to this field. I'm a data analyst at a small hospital 8 months now, out of a 2 year degree in a new career field for me. Situation We have a Cobol "database" (I ...
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Deadlock Error from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2008

After migrating data from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2008,when I am doing any a transaction in the table which find out more row on the database,that's gives me error. Transaction (Process ID ...
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MS SQL : Use Computed value to Compute other values

I'm having problem with generating results which are computed from data that exists in database. This is the case I have Coupons that can be amount or percent, if percent is 0 then amount is used ...
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ActiveX script throwing runtime error inside DTS package

I am a DBA. We have migrated SQL 2000 databases + DTS packages to SQL 2008. One of the DTS packages runs an ActiveX script to open an Excel file (which has runs macros when you open it). Coding ...
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SQL Server 2008 and Management Studio - Intellisense is Patchy

I'm working off an SQL 2008 instance that sits on our intranet. All is fine except that sometimes intellisense is there and working and sometimes it isn't. Its a pretty fast network so I don't imagine ...
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New SQL instance and migration

What are the best practices of creating new SQL Server instance on SQL Server Clustering 2008 R2 and migrating a database with high transactions?
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tsql to find users and database level permissions mapped to a certificate

On SQL 2005 and above, how can I find users and database level permissions mapped to a certificate? Story behing this: I copied a database from SQL 2005 to SQL 2008. It had a certificate inside the ...
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Permissions Dropped after Package Failed

I created a local db and then set up a one-off job to copy the live db to this new db. Or at least that's what I thought I'd done. The logs suggest that the job thought it had to create the db on live ...
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How to choose the last recorded added without sorting

I've got this simple table: RecordID (int PK), UserID (int FK), DTime (datetime), Length (int) I need to run a simple query: SELECT TOP(1) * FROM uTable WHERE UserID = @userid ORDER BY DTime DESC ...
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How to store 'n' days of web server logs in Sql Server?

For faster reporting and performance analysis, we want to insert our web server logs into Sql Server. This will allow us to see traffic patterns, issues, slowdowns in near real-time. We have a daemon ...
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SQL 2008: agent job error in opening excel files using DTS package

I have a SQL 2008 server (SQL2008S1) with Excel installed on it. I had to migrate databases and DTS packages from a SQL 2000 server (SQL2000S2) to this server. 1 DTS package is trying to access an ...
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Dependant T-SQL comparison collation

Is there any way to set the collation for a string comparison based on an independent variable or column value? Something akin to SELECT COL1, col2 FROM [TABLE] WHERE COL3 LIKE '%string%' ...
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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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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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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 R2 Express for a single website?

Someone recently told me I could use SQL Server 2008 R2 Express edition for a single website. But don't you need the Server Agent for connections (I think. I'm trying to remember things from over ...
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How to check that stored procedure is valid

As we know, it is possible to compile and to have so stored procedures: CREATE PROC dbo.MyProc1 AS SELECT * FROM Not_Exists_Or_Removed_Table or CREATE PROC dbo.MyProc2 AS SELECT Id ...
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Impact of an Asynchronous Mirror / Full Recovery Model on Performance

For an asynchronous mirror in SQL Server 2008 R2, using the full recovery model is required. Assuming that the network and disk IO on both sides of the Mirror can keep up with the transaction logs ...
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Port number change

We are planning on setting a static port for SQL Server 2005/2008 failover clustering. Any guide on what port to choose/select for 4 nodes of each cluster?(Active/Active) I am also thinking some ...
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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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Oracle query against SQL Server database giving inconsistent results

We have multiple Oracle 11.2.0.2 databases with og4odbc database links to a SQL Server 2008 database. A particular table in the SQL Server database has two Varchar(36) columns. The following ...
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Breaking and Restoring a mirror

I have to do some maintenance on a secondary node of a mirror. Since this is the result of the site becoming slow while the mirror re-established after a brief network outage I want to be safe and ...
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How do I calculate values based on the previous row after skipping the first 12 rows?

I'm looking for help to write this query. I have included some sample data below. My initial premise is that all the values from the 13th row onward will be dynamic and the first 12 rows will be ...
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SQL 2008 R2 3rd Party Peer-to-Peer Replication, Global Site Distribution

We are looking at hosting 3 globally distributed SQL Server installations at different data centers. The intent is that Site A will serve web traffic and data for a specific region, same with Site B ...
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Select XML values when attribute involved

I have a table that stores XML values in field: OtherData. An XML value from one row: < file path="C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe" /> I would like to select all rows that have an ...
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Best way to identify orphan data?

I have a few dozen tables, that have data in them, both for the core set of data, and then the company specific data. I can never delete the core set of data, that is global for all companies. But i ...
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Can I determine if a stored procedure uses dynamic sql without parsing the definition?

Since there seems to be no way to strip the procedure definition from comments without parsing cf. this, there seem to be no reliably T-SQL query to answer this question. Or can I get this ...
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Which fillfactor is used by ALTER INDEX REBUILD?

From technet I got the impression, that I either have to explicitly set the wanted fillfactor or when I do not specify it, the default fillfactor 0 is choosen. For tables I know to get rows added ...
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Is it possible to specify Active Directory username and password in connection string?

My organization uses Active Directory to control access to our databases. Building web applications and as part of our CI process I would like to specify the credentials in the connection string. Is ...
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Can I prevent SQL 2008 Server Management Studio's intellisense from autocompleting with the longest word?

In SQL 2008 Server Management Studio: is there a way to keep intellisense from always picking the longest word to autocomplete? For example, I could be trying to type the word client and it'll ...
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Is there a non-DDL way to preserve back-references when staging data into production?

Let's say I've got this hypothetical schema: Source (OLTP) DB: Table Orders ------------ OrderID int IDENTITY (PK), CustomerID int NOT NULL, OrderAmount decimal NOT NULL Destination (DSS) DB: ...
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How can I rewrite for SQL Server a trigger that writing for Oracle?

How can I rewrite for SQL Server a trigger that was originally written for Oracle ? Here is my Oracle trigger code: CREATE OR REPLACE TRIGGER P000KUL_TEST BEFORE INSERT ON P000KUL REFERENCING NEW AS ...
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BULK INSERT - best usage

I need to export 150 million rows of only int/bigint columns from one SQL instance to another. I am using BCP queryout to export the rows and BULK INSERT to import the rows to another table. I split ...
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Best Setup for Database Cluster

I need to set up a good database clustering solution for a system that I am putting into production. I was hoping to get some advice from the experts as I am a primarily a developer and not a database ...
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How do I rename my local SQL development server?

I'm a dev who inherited a mostly functioning box doing most of what I need. Except for the machine name is still that of the old dev (we name it "{username}-dt" or "{username}-lt" for ease of id on ...
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Date alignment and pair matching extraction best done with TSQL or C#?

For starting with: my title sucks, so help me figure out a new one? I can't post all the SQL here (over 30k characters for the lot of it), so I stuck it on pastebin.com The problem: I get an XML ...
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Selecting an entry that spans adjacent months

So i have a database table that contains the a "event name", "start-date", "end-date" columns which is used in a calendar application im working on. The events get shown one month at a time, and that ...
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Using CLR User Defined Functions in SQL Server

I have used CLR user defined functions for very specific instances, such as complex string handling, but generally didn't like them from a maintenance point of view (yet another place to hide code). ...
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what is the first schema checked?

I am a little confused right now. Can someone answer me with a simple answer to this question. I have a user [user_test] and has [db_owner] role assigned to him for one database [database_test]. ...
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Linked Server Problem

I have a MSSQL2008 and MSSQL2005 in my system.All SP's is up-to-date. 2008; Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (SP2) - 10.0.4000.0 (X64) Sep 16 2010 19:43:16 Copyright (c) 1988-2008 Microsoft ...
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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?