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Security permission to only read SSAS Cube with Excel

I have an SSAS database set up on a SQL Server 2008 server. I have a Role set up with a group of users that I want to be able to access the Cubes in that database. I set up "Read definition" and ...
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Is staggering reindexing jobs a good strategy?

I have inherited a server with 35 databases and a job that reindexes all tables on all databases (using sp_MSForEachTable). It's taking over 14 hours to complete and is now blocking other processes. ...
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Prevent users from using power pivot excel connections to a database

A couple of weeks ago my boss connected to our production database via excel and was able to query the database. Because of how we're doing security to the database (AD groups) he should have access ...
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how to use database mail from SSIS

I try to use gmail in database mail. I have no problem to send out email from it. But how I can configure my send mail task to send out email by using database mail. Thanks
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Performance Inserting and Updating Millions of rows into a table

We have a CSV the user imports into the Application. After inspecting the CSV, validating and applying some business logic, we got Inserts and Updates operations we should perform into a ...
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Changing a column's data type fills the transaction log

Running this code: ALTER TABLE npidata ALTER COLUMN npi varchar(20) Gives this error: Msg 9002, Level 17, State 4, Line 2 The transaction log for database 'SalesDWH' is full. To find out why ...
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How to Backup and Restore Filestream Data

I am trying to backup and restore my database which includes a filestream filegroup. I backed up the database without the filestream filegroup and was interested to know what happens when you restore ...
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SQL Server 08: Union over while

I've done some reading on this, and I keep seeing people say it's a bad idea, but hear me out! I have a stored procedure which needs to find a series of timeslots over a number of days. Due to the ...
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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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Copy a SQL Server database from one server to another on demand

I have two servers, Prod and Test, both running SQL Server 2008 RTM. Is it possible to have a PowerShell- or VBScript that could copy a database from one server to another? The copy should of course ...
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Can I send a string over TCP using T-SQL?

I've set up some alerts, based on this article Now I would like the Job that is triggered by the alert to send some information to a c# application (this application, can be running in the same ...
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Two instances sharing same system database?

I have a situation that I encountered with one of my clients, that I have never seen before. They are running SQL Server Express 2008 R2. There are two instances of SQL Server installed - a default ...
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Is there a way to do a textual search through all stored procedures in a table?

I've just inherited a database with a number of tables and stored procedures. I use Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio. One, or possibly more, stored procedures update a specific table. If the ...
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How database administrators can see my requests to SQL Server?

I'm a SQL Server 2008 user. I have access to some tables. I need to request few columns from table as I usually do. But I need to do it once (for example) in 5 seconds and system administrators ...
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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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noexpand hint for non-enterpise edition and performance

I have to use Indexed views to reach performance. As I can see from this comparison table standard edition does not support indexed views. But BOL says: Indexed views can be created in any ...
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How to change the firing order of Triggers?

Realy I rarely use triggers. So I met a problem at first time. I have a lot of tables with triggers (2 or more for every table). I would like to know and change the order of firing triggers for every ...
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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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Does SQL profiler affect server performance?

I am facing a problem where the sql server 2008 fails for some high load. I need to find that load case and need to optimize the code so that it can handle the load. I have found on the internet that ...
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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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SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 - Tempdb “Available free space” showing negative value

Please help as this issue is driving me nuts... Tempdb has four data files and one log file. They are all located on the same dedicated drive. When I right click on tempdb in SQL Server Management ...
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High Buffer I/O SQL Server 2008 R2 causes?

Am trying to troubleshoot performance on an SQL server that we have for our document management server and today performance has hit an all time low. Looking at the MDW I setup recently I can see a ...
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CATCH block is triggered when it should not

On my neverending quest for shooting myself in the foot with save transaction I seem to have found even more ways to fulfill the quest purpose. The save transaction clause itself this time is out of ...
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Dealing with CXPACKET waits - setting cost threshold for parallelism

As a follow-up to my previous question on perf troubleshooting a Sharepoint site, I was wondering if I could do something about the CXPACKET waits. I know the knee-jerk solution is to turn off all ...
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Shared Lock issued on IsolationLevel.ReadUncommitted

I read that if I use IsolationLevel.ReadUncommitted, the query should not issue any locks. However, when I tested this, I saw the following lock: Resource_Type: HOBT Request_Mode: S (Shared) ...
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Database locking issues?

I have run into a transaction related issue on a SQL Server 2008 production database. A brief overview is that we have a website that has numerous concurrent users around the state, who do GUI type ...
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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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Why am I missing some output?

Archiving to avoid ID Exhaustion We are about to run out of IDs in one of the tables of our OLTP logging system. It's my job to find a way to 'archive' the existing row data in the full table and in ...
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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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Attempting to tune a Sharepoint site using SQL Server Waits and Queues

I'm pretty new to this performance tuning with Waits and Queues thing - fascinating, but also not always all that intuitive... Right now, a customer of mine has a SQL Server 2008 64-bit Enterprise ...
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How to get online the database which has missing/corrupted FILESTREAM files?

I've corrupted the files related to FILESTREAM in a database. The .mdf and .ldf files are still intact, but when I try to get the database online, it complains, saying that the files related to ...
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Why select max partitioned column is much slower than indexed one?

I have a big partitioned table (300+M rows, 70 active partitions). The table has clustered PK of (K0, K1) and it's partitioned on column K1. And K1 has very low selectivity. However the following ...
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SQL Server Profiler is available for SQL Server 2008 Dev Edition?

I just upgrade from SQL Server 2008 Express with advance services to Dev Edition. I wonder whether SQL Profiler is available for the Dev Edition? Please let me know how to access that if it is ...
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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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How can I backup & restore a single FILEGROUP in Sql Server 2008

Previously, on ServerFault I asked a question about backing up and restoring a Sql Server 2008 Filegroup. Today, when I tried to RESTORE one of these FILEGROUP backups, I got the following error:- ...
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Using totals on aggregates to improve performance

I have two tables: details and totals of these details. Details (Slow solution): select OrderId = r.OrderId , TotalQty = SUM(r.Quantity) , ...
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SQL Server- Table partitions on SSD

I have a table in my database that has about 250m rows. I'm new with databases but I have read up about partitioning the table to increase performance. One of the important points that I seem to ...
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Quickly change NULL column to NOT NULL

I have a table with millions of rows and a column that allows NULL values. However no row currently has a NULL value for that column (I can verify this fairly quickly with a query). However when I ...
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Cannot rebuild index, but there's no reason why not?

I've created a process whereby I am able to only rebuild indexes that need rebuilding(the process takes an hour and a half if I rebuild them all), and while it works beautifully, it gets stuck on one ...
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SQL Server 2008 R2 Restore COPY_ONLY full backup with transaction logs

After doing some research I cannot seem to find an answer to this question. Background I am attempting to setup a backup plan that fits the following three requirements: Reliability of backups, ...
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Reducing the size of a database

SQL Server newbie here. I'm a MySQL guy. I'm having a look at something for a client in their 2008 SQL Server, and need some advice. Whoever designed the database chose to log insane amounts of stuff ...
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How can I run multiple concurrent versions of my application against the same database?

Background: I have multiple concurrent versions of my application running in my production environment. Depending on the user account that's used, the user will have access to a different version of ...
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how to improve performance by using or not using table variables

I have a table variable: DECLARE @to_process TABLE ( [Id] [bigint] NOT NULL, [SequenceId] [bigint] NOT NULL, ... ) INSERT INTO @to_process ( Id , SequenceId ... ) SELECT ...
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SQL Server configuration / specification recommendations and advice!

I am about to deploy a new server at work as follows: Dell T610 2 x Xeon 2.53 Quad core 24 GB RAM 1 x Perc H700 RAID controller with 1GB Non Volatile memory 8 x 300GB 15k SAS Hard drives I am looking ...
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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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Preventing full backups for unmodified/slightly modified databases

Is there a way to either: ensure that unmodified databases are skipped during SQL backups, or even better choose between DIFF or FULL backup depending on the percent database changed since last ...
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Change rowguidcol property to a different column

In my SQL Server 2008 database, I have a table with two uniqueidentifier columns. CREATE TABLE MyTable ( Col1 uniqueidentifier rowguidcol not null, Col2 uniqueidentifier not null, ...
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Cannot Delete FileStream Group from Sql Server 2008

We have migrated all our varbinary(max) column data to Azure Blob Storage and so we want to remove the old filestream columns that remain in our Sql 2008 database and the filestream filegroup but when ...
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Is there a difference in performance between @date and getdate()?

Usually I use the getdate() function in my where clauses to go back in time. Something like: DOC.DATUM >= DATEADD(DD,-1*SSN_SDO.DANA_ZA_POVRAT,GETDATE()) Will SQL Server 2008R2 perform faster ...
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SQL Server 2012 indirect checkpoint

I am trying to understand where to draw a fine line for Indirect Checkpoint that was introduced in SQL Server 2012. Based on my understanding SQL Server does checkpoint to flush dirty pages out to ...