for SQL Server 2012, major build version 11.00.xxxx. Released April 1, 2012 with a projected end-of-life date of 7/12/2022.

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How can I calculate time spent at work in a single column?

I would like to calculate the amount of time spent working from rows of data that contain a single date/time field. The first occurrence on a given day can be considered the start time, with the ...
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Backup strategies for zero data loss

I am working on one project and it has around 100K records. We can afford a downtime of 1 day but we need the data to be always available to us in latest state. I've gone through two options: 1) ...
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Is it possible to enforce unique values in a column, excluding nulls?

I have a business requirement to have a FK field on TableA referencing TableB. If there is a value in TableBID, it should be unique, but it's not mandatory, so there could be multiple records with ...
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Log Shipping - RESTORE WITH STANDBY - on SQL Server 2012 keeps breaking

We are using log shipping and RESTORE WITH STANDBY on SQL Server 2012 in order to restore the database in read-only mode for reporting purposes. However, the log shipping setup keeps breaking after ...
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RSExecRole missing

I have multiple servers and 4 of them have reporting services installed with the ReportServer & ReportServerTempDB databases. A few days ago I was setting up security for a new login and I found ...
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How can I configure SQL Server 2012 to use multiple NICs?

How can I configure SQL Server 2012 to use multiple NICs? I've a server with 4 NICs. I want to use 2 NICs to query my databases, and 2 NICs to retrieve results from them. I want them to work in load ...
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Can I query data_space names when not in context of the database for multiple databases?

I have a data set pulled from sys.master_files. The data set looks something like this: database_id filename physical_name data_space_id ----------- ---------------- ------------- ...
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MDW performance_counter_instances table running out of identity values

My MDW database's performance_counter_instances table has run out of identity values. Has anyone ever encountered this? Is it safe to change the data type of the identity field ...
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Performing a Transaction Log Backup on a Live Database [duplicate]

I have a server 2012 database that has a transaction log that is growing at a rapid rate. i have a job that runs once a day after production hours which backs up the log file and shrinks it. The ...
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How to grant permission for am administrator account in SQL Server 2012? [closed]

I installed SQL Server 2012 on my laptop. I am trying to run a script to create a simple database. SQL Server version: 11.0.3128 SSMS starting parameters: server type: database engine server name: ...
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Is there a better option than Union All for multiple selects from the same row?

Example Schema: CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Base]( [ID] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL, [Option1ID] [int] NULL, [Option2ID] [int] NULL, [Option3ID] [int] NULL, [Option1Name] [varchar] NULL, [Option2Name] ...
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How might a corrupt partition in TempDB result in DBCC CHECKDB reporting no issue?

One of our SQL Servers reported the following error recently: DATE/TIME: 2/25/2013 9:15:14 PM DESCRIPTION: No catalog entry found for partition ID 9079262474267394048 in database 2. The ...
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SQL Server 2012 slower than 2008

I migrated a large website and database from an older server (Windows 2008 / SQL Server 2008 / 16 GB RAM / 2 x 2.5 GHz Quad Core / SAS disks) to a newer, much better server (Windows 2008 R2 / SQL ...
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some tips on setting up sql server database server

I am currently setting up a new sql server database server with databases. It is supplied by a third party company. I need to request access for them around ports etc. I would like to be able ...
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Is there a sortable ('order by') alternative to CURRENT_TIMESTAMP

I'm in the process of looking for a way to find a sortable alternative to a column that is populated with CURRENT_TIMESTAMP and I'm stumped at the moment. I have a web based form with multiple ...
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Unrecognised system process saturating CPU

We have switched to our backup DC today as primary site Bandwidth has gone. We are getting issues with the most powerful DB server; it is spawning the following process for several db's on the ...
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Specifying the failover partner when using Availability Groups

We have a situation where we are using replicated databases in an environment that's making use of Availability Groups. As we wanted no manual intervention when failing over, we decided to set up ...
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What are the best practices for backing up a secured SQL Server 2012?

I want to state right off the bat that I'm not looking for information on how to backup a SQL Server. I've got that taken care of. I'm looking for some form of documentation that will tell me the ...
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Set up AlwaysOn in virtual environment: How to add nodes to domain? [closed]

On a beefy server, I have a few Virtual Machines (VMs) running. On one of those, I have Domain Controller (DC) with a domain name (ex:SQL.AD.COM) running successfully. Now, I need to add the other VMs ...
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Query records that chain together based on date gaps

I have a table in SQL Server 2012 with the below simplified schema and I need to define a query that grabs the most recent record and then returns the chain of records that have less than 30 days of a ...
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SQL Server 2012 defrag job runs interactively, but not as a job - why?

I have recently started using the dba_indexDefrag_sp stored procedure from SQL Fool (http://sqlfool.com/2011/06/index-defrag-script-v4-1/) against my production databases running on SQL Server 2012 ...
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Are there problems with using SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups with Windows 2008R2?

[Cross post from StackOverflow] Brent Ozar published this webcast (slides, video with free registration) entitled "Real-Life SQL Server 2012: AlwaysOn Lessons Learned", in which he repeatedly states, ...
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups: Confusion with some concepts

In Sql Server 2012, I am trying to install Failover Clustering to configure AlwaysOn Availability Groups. When I run Cluster Validation test wizard, it comes back with a lot of errors. One of them ...
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Resetting a SQL Server 2012 sequence

I'm in the process of testing and populating a specific table that leverages the SEQUENCE object. In this process I'm testing populating the table with tens of thousands of insert lines (as I'm ...
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Restore SQL Server database from .sql files

So we had an encrypted database that puked and killed our whole SQL Server setup. Sucks about our data, but we were smart enough to have our data structures / stored procedures / functions in Git The ...
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LIKE character length limitation

The background to this question can be found here. The following part of my stored procedure does not work. Is there a character length limitation for the LIKE clause? t1.ProductList sometimes can be ...
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Using SQL Server 2012 for Business Intelligence Features Only, No Database Engine

I would like to implement SQL Server 2012 purely for the Business Intelligence Features: SSIS, SSAS and SSRS on its own server. I current have SQL Server 2008R2 Database Engine installed on another ...
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Should I use Asynchronous Mirroring?

I plan on setting up mirroring on a SQL 2012 database which is currently in production. My concern though is how much it will affect the performance of the principal database. I am using mirroring ...
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Error in SQL Server 2012 OUTPUT clause

Given the following SQL code against the AdventureWorks Database: begin transaction; drop trigger Sales.iduSalesOrderDetail; alter table Sales.SalesOrderDetail add LineNumber int null; go with ...
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Parameter triggers different execution plan, but why?

I have a table CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Numbers] ( [Date] [date] NULL, [Time] [time](3) NULL, [Value] [char](10) NULL ) and the table has > 10 Billion rows, therefore it ...
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Commit Insert but Hold Lock

I have implemented what is effectively a reliable queue through the following: CREATE TABLE Queue (MessageID UNIQUEIDENTIFIER, Message varchar(255)) --Enqueue Command DECLARE @MessageID ...
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32-bit ODBC driver on 64-bit SQL Server [closed]

I am unable to use an ODBC 64-bit driver with SSMS 2012 running on a SQL Server 2012 64-bit instance. However, I believe that the 32-bit driver works. My question is can I use SSMS 2005 32-bit to ...
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selecting more fields causes catastrophic failure

I have a connection to a linked server from sql server 2012 to pervasive sql. When I do select field1, field2, field3 from mytable everything works! However, when I do select field1, field2, field3, ...
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Integration Services Catalogs - Version Description

In Integration Services Catalogs I can see what versions of a package/project are available and if necessary revert to an older version. On this dialog I see a field "description" however I found no ...
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How can I install a provider for linked server?

I have a provider for a linked server called PervasiveOLEDB.11.0 installed on a sql server 2005 machine. It always me to have a connection to a pervasive sql database. I would like to use this same ...
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How can I change SQL Agent Log file to use unicode format?

I've created a database with tables that heavily leverages nvarchar for most of the columns. One of the challenges I'm running into is that when I go to view the SQL Server Agent Log files, I get the ...
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SQL71561 Error on Schema compare after initial import from database

I have created a new sql server project with SSDT 2012, then I went to import an existing database and it created all my scripts. After that I did a schema compare between the project and the database ...
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Can SQL Server Management Studio Express be installed standalone?

I was wondering if the SQL Server Management Studio Express (mainly for Microsoft SQL Server) be installed on a standalone machine (without any of the SQL Services and stuff) to connect to a remote ...
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TFS 2012 - Database Project - User with NO LOGIN map to Windows - best practices

I have a SQL Server Database Project (.NET 4.5) in TFS 2012. As a DBA, i'm looking for a mechanism whereby the developers can create 'CREATE USER' sql scripts and assign their permissions within the ...
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Best way to defrag/compact a database for archival purposes

We've got an SQL Server instance that's used for email archiving (courtesy of a 3rd party archiving package). Every so often, the software is rolled over to a new empty database. We've done this ...
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Change data capture - how to know who made the change?

Tracking who made the change identified by CDC. Along the lines of my datetime hack I tried the same approach by adding suser_sname as a new field with default value on the cdc change track table. ...
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Installation of SQL Server 2012 does not contain Virtual Interface Adapter?

I have installed the entire Enterprise edition of SQL Server 2012 and have noticed that I do not have the Virtual Interface Adapter. What is the cause of this?
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Query Performance Tuning on a huge table

I have the following table Transactions. The table looks like this: CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Transactions]( [TransactionID] [bigint] IDENTITY(1,10) NOT NULL, [PlayerID] [bigint] NOT NULL, ...
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SQL Server Create Access Denied even after adding MSSQLSERVER user permissions

I am aware that SQL Server instances need write access not for my user account (which is in fact irrelevant to that service's context) but for the user account or security principal under which the ...
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when can AG primary replica be a different host to WFC primary?

To set up an Availability Group with two servers, the servers both participate in a Windows Failover Cluster. I've seen cases after certain failover modes where the primary IP address in the cluster ...
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Error: 9245, Severity: 16, State: 1. / During the last time interval XXX query notification errors were suppressed

I've got this sequence of error messages showing up regularly in my server error log: Error: 9245, Severity: 16, State: 1. During the last time interval 257 query notification errors were ...
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Removing Databases in Recovery Pending Status after AG group was removed

I have removed a High Availability Group, disabled the option in sql configuration manager and restarted and I have also removed the Failover cluster components from windows and restarted. ...
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Inside SQLOS – Scheduling

Using SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition SP1 running on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 For each logical processor core on SQLOS has a scheduler assigned to it. Those scheduler can be viewed as status ...
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Warning in query plan “Cardinality Estimate”

create table T(ID int identity primary key) insert into T default values insert into T default values go select cast(ID as varchar(10)) as ID from T where ID = 1 The query above has a warning in ...
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Active/active SQL Server Clustering in Installation Center (setup.exe)

I like to know which option to choose in the setup.exe in SQL Server 2012/2008? What I have here is Windows Active/Active Cluster setup with one quorum and one msdtc configured. I installed my first ...