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SQL Server : Job not reconnecting to restarted Linked Server

The problem To keep two tables across two servers in sync, we have a trigger that adds a change to a MergeTable. Every so often, a merging job runs on SQL Server to push the changes to the Progress ...
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SQL Server 2012 merge replication blocks other insert/updates during sync

I have a merge replication setup between two SQL Server 2012 databases via Pull method. There are several merge replications affecting different table sets (3 sets 2-5 tables each, actually). There ...
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Computed Column Bit based on other Bit Columns

What would be the formula to compute a bit column from other bit columns? For example: CREATE TABLE #Employee ( [empNumb] [INT] identity(1,1) PRIMARY KEY, [IsOk] [BIT] NOT NULL, -- ...
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SQLNCLI10.x vs 11.x when connecting SSIS 2008R2 to a SQL Server 2012 database

Starting from the question and working backwards. My question: is it OK to use SQLNCLI10.1 as a provider for SSIS 2008 R2 to connect to SQL Server 2012 database(s)? I have a SSIS box running SQL ...
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What is the fastest way to compare polygon geometry data?

We have two tables with polygons stored in geometry type columns. I want to fetch the polygons present in one table that are not present in another table. As of now I am doing a left outer join ...
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SQL Licensing on Azure, Standard D4 Windows 2012 Server 8 core, is it 1 phsysical core?

I am trying to calculate my costs for Microsoft Azure. Imagine I take a Standart D4 Type machine running Windows 2012 and would like to install my own SQL Server 2012. Are these 8 cores 1 quad core ...
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How can I switch to sa account from guest session in SQL server 2012?

I have a situation where I can log into my server as guest, and see that there is no password on the sa account. However when I try to login as sa with null password over the network it is rejected. ...
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Converting date string to SQL DATETIME - hopefully without a udf

I am taking an Excel file that has dates in different formats but one of these formats is giving me some grief when I try converting it or casting it to a SQL DATETIME. For example: Thu Oct 16 ...
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Upgrading SQL Server from 2008 to 2012 doesn't respect existing install / instance paths

Basic Information : Running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 with MS SQL Server 2008 (version 10.0.5869), trying to upgrade to SQL Server 2012. Currently working in a cloned VM of our production server ...
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SQL Server hitting System.OutOfMemoryException but server has 10GB free

SQL Server 2012 11.0.5058.0 I'm running a very large batch of queries (about 2700) to simulate a user doing X, Y and Z in our app. I have SQL Server's max memory set to 2147483647 MB. However when I ...
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SQL Server Transaction Log Huge [duplicate]

I came to work today and I saw the transaction log with 441GB, using almost all disk space. I use SQL Server 2012 and have Full backup, but somehow I lost control of the t-log. So, I need to do 2 ...
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Index rebuild canceled because of .mdf growth

I have the Standard Edition of SQL Server 2012 and used a script to rebuild index. I ran the query and then I saw that the .mdf file for the database started the grow a lot. I chose to cancel/stop my ...
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Is Policy-Based Management dead? Is it scalable?

Policy-Based Management was introduced in SQL Server 2008. I'm looking for software/tool I can use to enforce configuration standards across a SQL Server 2012 /2014 database environment. Instances ...
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SSRS 2012 Report variables scope

I have a report that uses data from several datasets. I chose to do it this way because the alternative would be to join about 12 tables. From what I can gather, I have to use the dataset name to ...
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What is the best way to compare values of whole tables between many databases?

We are trying to compare the values of whole tables between many databases. The user can enter in input the table names and the columns names, and the database names he wants to compare. They can ...
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Timeout expired error while database is being backed up in SQL Server 2012

We have a daily full backup scheduled at 8.30 AM. While the backups are occurring, we get Timeout expired when we try to access a web page that displays data from the database. The web page has ...
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Why wouldn't statistics update if all rows in a table were replaced?

We have several "reporting" tables in a SQL Server 2012 SP1 instance. Every hour, a job runs procedures that delete all the rows from these tables and then insert current data (involving lots of ...
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Why didn't this statistics object on a filtered index auto update?

In a SQL Server 2012 SP1 instance, I have a filtered index on the PK column of a table that looks like this: CREATE INDEX [RF_IXF_Orders_OrderNumber] ON [dbo].[Orders] ( [OrderNumber] ASC ) WHERE ...
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How do I manage environment specific connections for SSAS projects?

I am using SQL Server 2012 and I am responsible for implementing release automation for our SQL, SSIS, and SSAS projects. SSIS projects have project parameters and you can link those to SSISDB ...
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ADSI Linked Server: Why can I query AD in VBA, but not as a Linked Server?

After all the reading and research I've done, this seems like the most logical place to post this question: Why can I query Active Directory using VBA, but not a Linked Server in SQL Management ...
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Maintenance plan to backup differentials hourly each to a new file name in SQL Server 2012

In addition to a nightly full backup, I'd like to set up an hourly differential backup maintenance plan in SQL Server 2012, where each differential backup file should receive a different name. It ...
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Change Tracking cleanup

Is there a way to know when cleanup of change tracking tables occurs? How to check the last occurrence of a cleanup process? BACKGROUND: I have Change Tracking on database with retention set to 1 ...
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Subselect of MAX(Version) takes many minutes, though there are only ~20K records

I have a pretty complicated data model. I can't understand most SQL examples without an explanation of what's being modeled, so I'll try to explain. Mainlines -> Releases -> Overlays -> Calibrations ...
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When does a port get assigned if SQL Server is set to TCP Dynamic Ports

I'm trying to determine when a dynamic port is assigned to SQL Server. If the TCP/IP Properties have the TCP Dynamic Ports enabled, does that port get assigned at the time the Server is installed or ...
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Optimizing queries for 25+ million rows

I am using MS SQL, and I have to run several queries on the same table on different criteria. At first I ran each query on the original table although they all share some filtering (i.e Date, status). ...
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Should I use Database Mirroring?

So I have the following scenario on my hands: I have a product database that runs for a specific app, all inserts into the database come in through three separate connections. Recently I have ...
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Peer-to-Peer Transactional Replication Load Balancing in MS SQL Server

I'm looking at Peer-to-Peer Transactional Replication and it looks like a perfect fit for my requirements, but there's one unclear part - load balancing (see picture below). How it is implemented in ...
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Why is sql server waiting for acknowledgment?

I have an application that often request a big set of rows [about 20K] from a sql view, in the mean time other applications can't update the table from where the data comes from, the update query's ...
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Finding AD group permissions source

We have an AD group as a Login in several servers, usually as sysadmin, but I've found one server that this login has no access to any DB and has a server public role only. I've talked to a member of ...
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Create database unique Surrogate Keys without using GUID’s

What is the best way to get database unique surrogate keys in Microsoft SQL Server when using something like “auto increment” as opposed to GUID's. The purpose is to increase performance over using ...
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How to raise Procedure Cache Hit Ratio?

I have a SQL Server 2012 instance with 96 GB of RAM that has the Buffer Cache Hit Ratio consistently at 100% and the PLE consistently over 500,000, so memory is obviously not a problem. However, my ...
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Using loops inside Openrowset

I'm trying to execute a query across around 200 servers using openrowset function. This function needs to execute in a loop - the query is sucessfull in SQL Server 2012 environments, but failing in ...
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How does SIOS Data Keeper make consistent backups? [closed]

We are looking to change our DR solution to get our RTO and RPO as close to 0 as possible. We have around 80 databases on SQL Server 2012 sp2 that come to about 1TB in total including log files. I ...
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Upgrade to SQL Server from 2008 to 2012 - Developer perspective [closed]

We are in the process of migration from SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2012. The entire process of migration will be taken care by dedicated DBA team. From a developer prespective, I would like to ...
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High PAGELATCH_* and WRITELOG waits. Are they related?

We are seeing very high PAGELATCH_EX and PAGELATCH_SH wait types along with high WRITELOG waits. I've diagnosed the query causing the PAGELATCH waits and can eliminate them by reducing the insertion ...
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Using LIKE or Full-text when searching database

I am fairly new to SQL and I am currently trying to create a search function for my website, much like the one on imdb.com. I have 3 tables and I need to search two rows (nvarchar) in each table when ...
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SQL Server Transactional Replication

I am using SQL Server 2012 and I am investigating transactional replication and had a question on SQL Versions that can be used. The Distribution and Publisher will be on SQL2012 Standard Edition, ...
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SQL Server 2012 - Dropping Snapshots takes hours

We recently did a SQL Server upgrade from 2005 to 2012. We have a nightly job that drops a snapshot of an active database. The snapshots gets created again later in the day. Before upgrading, in SQL ...
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How do I add keyboard shortcuts in SSMS 2012 to run a specific query?

How do I add keyboard shortcuts in SSMS 2012 to select all the data from table? In SSMS 2008 we could assign a shortcut in the following way: ...
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How to improve query to include 2 critical pieces of employee data

I’m going to preface by saying that I’m fairly green with SQL. My code below works, however I am missing two vital pieces of my employee population: (1) those employees who have been invoiced but ...
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Searching multiple tables in SQL

This question will involve some C# code but I hope that is fine, in the end it is the SQL that is the issue. (To see short question look at end of post) So I have a site, where you can add a site in ...
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SQL Server - Linked Server - Using OPENROWSET with windows integrated security

I have seen many articles regarding OPENROWSET using integrated security (Windows Authentication), but I could not make it work for me. It is working fine using SQL Server authentication: select * ...
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SQL Server 2012: set a column to only use a single case?

Is there a way to tell SQL Server 2012 to store both A and a as A (or both A and a as a) for some given column such that every insert statement does not need to have UPPER() in it?
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SSIS 2012: What rights are needed to connect to SSDB via DMO

I'm trying to connect to the SSDB catalog to execute a package using the .NET object model e.g. using Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.IntegrationServices; var sqlConn = new ...
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how to output 3 column into 3 element in xml format with the same name?

I have this code and I can't figure out how to get the expected result? declare @table table (TAG int, PARENT int,col1 varchar(100) ,col2 varchar(100) ...
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Tool for quickly backup and restore a table

Is there a tool for quickly backup and restore a table's data, preferably to a csv file? It would be best if I could do it using batch. Run a .cmd file and data is backed up into a file with datetime ...
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SQL Server database corruption in multi-user mode but not single-user mode

Using Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP2 Standard Edition on a 2 node SQL Cluster. When I run dbcc checkdb on a certain database when it is in multi-user mode, it finds corruption in the clustered index ...
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Rank function creating duplicate partitions? (two rank 1's for the same key)

The below query is outputting two rows. Given that I am partitioning on ref_number and also have ref_number in the where clause, I believe I should only ever get a single row back. WITH rank_cte AS ...
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Work queue with complex select and long processing: Ensuring concurrency

I have a queue table from which worker processes claim records, one at a time. It is crucial that no two workers claim same item to process. Normally this kind of thing is done with select top (1) ...
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PAGELATCH_EX on 2:1:128

We are having problems on SQL Server 2012 with contention on tempdb page 2:1:128, which seems to be related with system table sysobjvalues. We have about 400 sessions waiting on this resourse ...