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What is a good, repeatable way to calculate MAXDOP on SQL Server?

When setting up a new SQL Server 2012, I use the following code to determine a good starting point for the MAXDOP setting: /* This will recommend a MAXDOP setting appropriate for your machine's ...
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Limit connection rights on SQL Server

I have an app to deploy in production that uses 'honor system' security. That is, all users connect to the DB using a SQL user/passwd credential and the app manages permissions itself. The latter part ...
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What is a deterministic method for evaluating a sensible buffer pool size?

I'm trying to come up with a sane way to understand if the max server memory (mb) setting is appropriate (either should be lower, or higher, or stay the way it is). I am aware that max server memory ...
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Are SQL Server in-place upgrades as ill advised as they used to be?

I have been working with SQL server on and off since SQL Server 6.5, the old advice that still rings in my head was never to do an in-place upgrade. I'm currently upgrading my 2008 R2 DEV and TEST ...
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Can I install SQL Server Management Studio locally?

Can I install SQL Server Management Studio on my desktop to access a database on a SQL Server 2012 instance? If so, where can I find the installer? Google searches only return 'express' versions ...
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Restore SQL Server 2012 backup to a SQL Server 2008 database?

Is there a way to restore a SQL Server 2012 database backup to a SQL Server 2008? I tried to attach file, it does not work.
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Do natural keys provide higher or lower performance in SQL Server than surrogate integer keys?

I'm a fan of surrogate keys. There is a risk my findings are confirmation biased. Many questions I've seen both here and at http://stackoverflow.com use natural keys instead of surrogate keys based ...
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Kerberos authentication not working with Linked Servers in SQL Server 2012

I am setting up a DEV/TEST environment using 2 SQL Servers running SQL Server 2012 on Windows Server 2012. We are moving from SQL Server 2005 on Windows Server 2008, where we already have this ...
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When is it appropriate to use SQL Server Developer Edition? [closed]

Do you use SQL Server Developer Edition on server-class machines in DEV and STAGING environments? I am working on a large project where (if it passes the proof of concept stage) we will have several ...
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SQL Server Agent Jobs and Availability Groups

I'm looking for best practice in dealing with scheduled SQL Server Agent jobs in SQL Server 2012 availability groups. Maybe I missed something, however at the current state I feel that SQL Server ...
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What are Objective Business Reasons to Prefer SQL Server 2012 over 2008 R2?

My company is facing the decision whether to purchase SQL Server 2012 Denali or SQL Server 2008 R2 for a new database server. I am looking for objective reasons to choose one over the other. Our ...
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Optimising plans with XML readers

Executing the query from here to pull the deadlock events out of the default extended events session SELECT CAST ( REPLACE ( REPLACE ( XEventData.XEvent.value ...
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Why are Denali sequences supposed to perform better than identity columns?

In his answer to Which is better: identity columns or generated uinique id values? mrdenny says: When SQL Denali comes out it will support sequences which will be more efficient than identity, but ...
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Error running Powershell Script in SQL Server Agent

I have a SQL job that runs via SQL Server Agent (Running SQL Server 2012 Enterprise). The last step of the job is to run an application located on a network share. Unfortunately I don't know the name ...
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Unexpected gaps in IDENTITY column

I'm trying to generate unique purchase order numbers that start at 1 and increment by 1. I have a PONumber table created using this script: CREATE TABLE [dbo].[PONumbers] ( [PONumberPK] [int] ...
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Is there a way to generate table create script in TSQL?

Is there a way to generate a create script from an existing table purely in T-SQL (that is without using SMO, since T-SQL does not have access to SMO). Let's say a stored procedure that receives a ...
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What does role db_owner allow

I have been trying to troubleshoot a login that is not able to view certain tables in a SQL Server 2012 database. In doing so I find I don't quite understand what membership in the db_owner role ...
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SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn: need to automatically add databases by script- T-sql or PowerShell

I've installed and successfully configured our SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn 2-node servers for our new "Intranet" that is coming out. I've gotten AlwaysOn working great, and our Front End servers for the ...
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Can I use a script to restore multiple SQL databases from .bak files?

I'm migrating 100 plus SQL databases over to a new server in a new location. I have the maintenance plan in place to take full back ups and then a script to copy over the .bak files to a temp ...
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SQL Server 2012 Page Life Expectancy resets to 0 after about 50 days

I've noticed an odd behavior on a 2-server HA cluster and I was hoping someone could confirm my suspicion, or maybe offer some other explanation... Here is my setup: A 2-server SQL 2012 SP1 ...
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Are the cost percentages in this SQL Server plan over 100% for a valid reason?

I'm looking through the plan cache, looking for low-hanging optimization fruit and came across this snippet: Why are many of the costs listed above 100% ? Shouldn't that be impossible?
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Why has my database connection failed?

Recently I have developed software using SQL Server 2012. Now when I try to connect, I get this error message: Cannot connect to AAFI\SQLEXPRESSA network-related or instance-specific error ...
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Cannot start SqlLocalDB instance with my Windows account

I'm the administrator and simply run the command: sqllocaldb start v11.0 Result: Start of LocalDB instance "v11.0" failed because of the following error: Error occurred during LocalDB instance ...
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How to view an encrypted view or stored procedure

I am working on a third party database. When I try to view the definition of a view by right clicking, CREATE TO and then to NEW QUERY EDIT WINDOW, I am getting an error: This property may not ...
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Shrink Transaction Log While Using AlwaysOn Availability Group

We are using AlwaysOn Availability Group feature of SQL Server 2012. Regular full database backups and transaction log backups are done every day on the secondary database. I have read here doing the ...
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SQL Server how to detect unused views and/or get usage stats

Is there a way to determine in SQL Server if a view is no longer being used? (without removing it) Ideally i would like to know usage for SQL Server 2000 as well as 2012 if that is possible. I am ...
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Guarantee SQL Server Identity Columns that two consecutive values differ by constant increments?

I posed a question about Denali sequences here and another question about emulation of identity columns in Oracle Global Tables here. I always thought that I could trust that identity values ...
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How to minimize log operations in SQL Server to avoid “log full” error

I have a database in production which constantly get log file filled, its a data warehouse and have many jobs/queries running for obvious. Below is the error which I am getting Msg 9002, Level 17, ...
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Disaster Recovery Options for Sql Server

I wanted to see what suggestions you might have for Disaster Recovery Options based on the following criteria. Currently running SQL 2012 standard edition We have 18000 databases (same schema across ...
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Installing SQL Server 2012 Express fails with error “ Could not find the Database Engine startup handle.”

I'm attempting to install SQL Server Express 2012 w/ SP1 x64 on Windows 7 SP1 x64. This machine has previously had SQL Server Express 2012 installed. This instance was upgraded to SQL Server 2012 ...
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SQL Server 2012 catalog.executions to sysjobhistory - any way to join them?

I have exhausted my resources and can't find a foolproof way to join the ssisdb.catalog tables to the jobs that run them. Trying to write some custom sprocs to monitor my execution times and rows ...
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Import data from one Database to another script

As part of a data migration I would like to script a data transfer from the existing to a new database. I used to do this with DTS on older versions of MS SQL. I am currently using SQL 2012. Note the ...
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Managing logins with Availabilty Groups

I have created a user on my primary node that has access to all of the databases in Availability Group AG1. How do I ensure that same user has the same rights on all the other replicas in AG1? ...
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How to add an article to existing replication

This is the first time I am going to add tables to replication. I have outlined the below steps to add a new table to existing replication. Please correct me if I am wrong. The table is just created ...
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Date range rolling sum using window functions

I need to calculate a rolling sum over a date range. To illustrate, using the AdventureWorks sample database, the following hypothetical syntax would do exactly what I need: SELECT TH.ProductID, ...
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At what point does one database per client become unfeasible?

For one of our systems, we have sensitive client data and store each client's data in a separate database. We have about 10-15 clients for that system. However, we're developing a new system that ...
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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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SQL Server database design for “archived but available” data

We have this large database (>1TB) that we intend to "shrink". The database revolves around one main entity, let's call it "Visit". For discussion, let's say it is a database for a medical practice. ...
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Connection pools being reset with Error: 18056, Severity: 20, State: 46. & Perfmon Counters not showing

We are using SQL authentication & .net 4.0 Connection strings to connect to an Enterprise Edition 2012 SP1 SQL Server on a windows 2008r2 Enterprise Server. We use about 50 Servers split into 8 ...
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Why does query error with empty result set in SQL Server 2012?

When running the following queries in MS SQL Server 2012 the second query fails but not the first. Also, when run without the where clauses both queries will fail. I am at a loss why either would fail ...
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Why does DELETE leave a lingering effect on performance?

At the end is a test script for comparing the performance between a @table variable and a #temp table. I think I've set it up correctly - the performance timings are taken outside of the ...
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What is SQL Server “Denali”? What's new?

I found a new title called SQL Server "Denali" in the drop down list on MSDN, but I didn't find much information about it: What's New (this documentation is for preview only as I see) Top 9 New ...
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SQL Server 2012 memory consumption outside the buffer pool

I've got an instance of SQL Server 2012 SP2 Enterprise Edition consuming ~20GB of memory higher than the max. memory limit. The instance is limited to 65GB but the physical memory in use from the ...
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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 To Profile Stored Procedures

I am using SQL Server 2012 and was wondering how to profile stored procedures For instance can profiler capture each individual SQL statement in a stored procedure, what it is, and how long it takes ...
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Converting a VARCHAR to VARBINARY

I've been keeping a log of expensive running queries, along with their query plans, in a table to allow us to monitor trends in performance and identify areas that need optimising. However, it's come ...
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Not able to install any piece of SQL server 2012 dev edition on my windows 7

I have tried everything i can think f to install SQL 2012 but no luck I am getting these errors but after looking through the logs I can't find the actual cause to get a solution. every feature gives ...
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What is the fastest way to insert large numbers of rows?

I have a database where I load files into a staging table, from this staging table i have 1-2 joins to resolve some foreign keys and then insert this rows into the final table (which has one partition ...
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Optimizing a CTE hierarchy

Update below I have a table of accounts with a typical acct/parent account architecture to represent a hierarchy of accounts (SQL Server 2012). I created a VIEW using a CTE to hash out the hierarchy, ...
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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 ...