This tag is for SQL Server 2012, major build version 11.00.xxxx.

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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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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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Is select * still a big no-no on SQL Server 2012?

Back in the days of yesteryear, it was considered a big no-no to do select * from table or select count(*) from table because of the performance hit. Is this still the case in later versions of SQL ...
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SQL Server unpredictable select results (dbms error?)

Below is simple example, which returns strange results, that are unpredictable and we cannot explain it in our team. Are we doing something wrong or is it SQL Server error? After some investigation ...
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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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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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Why are Denali sequences supposed to perform better than identity columns?

In his answer to sql2005 whats better: identity columns or generated uinique id values? mrdenny mentions, says When SQL Denali comes out it will support sequences which will be more efficient ...
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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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Are there disadvantages to contained databases?

SQL Server 2012 introduced the concept of "contained" databases, where everything (well, mostly everything) the database needs is contained within the database itself. This offers big advantages when ...
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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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Does a re-index update statistics?

I've been doing the MS10775A course this past week and one question that came up that the trainer couldn't answer reliably is: Does a re-index update the statistics? We found discussions online ...
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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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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 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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Lock CREATE TABLE

In another application I was struck by bad design: multiple threads execute an EnsureDatabaseSchemaExists() method concurrently, which looks basically like this: IF NOT EXISTS (SELECT * FROM ...
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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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Why are queries causing spill to tempdb?

Background I am in the process of migrating a 160gb database from MSSQL 2008 (standard) on a Win 2008 server with 48gb RAM to a new server running MSSQL 2012 (64-bit web edition) on Win 2012 with ...
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“Cannot create a row of size 8074 which is greater than the allowable maximum row size of 8060” while altering the table

I am trying to alter a column in a table. The existing table is like this: CREATE TABLE [dbo].[table]( [id1] [int] NOT NULL, [id2] [int] NOT NULL, [id3] [int] NOT NULL, [name] ...
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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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Index on a persisted computed column not seekable?

I have table, called Address, that has a persisted computed column called Hashkey. The column is deterministic but not precise. It has a unique index on it that is not seekable. If I run this query, ...
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What's the anatomy of a columnstore index?

One of the new features in SQL Server 2012 codenamed Denali is the Columnstore index. I know a good bit about regular old row-store indexes, like the b-tree structure, differences in storage between ...
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Why does SQL Server 2012 Express use 9.5GB of RAM on my server?

I am building an application in which I plan to embed SQL Server 2012 Express as the primary datastore. When testing on my development machine (Win7-32 with 3GB RAM), I never observed the ...
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Get streak count and streak type from win-loss-tie data

I made a SQL Fiddle for this question if that makes things easier for anyone. I have a fantasy sports database of sorts and what I'm trying to figure out is how to come up with "current streak" data ...
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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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SQL server databases stuck in restoring state

I have a Sharepoint server. I guess our network administrator has miss configured his back up tool (I guess he uses Symantec backup exec) and now some of my databases are stuck in restoring state! ...
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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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What is the cause of this problem with CONVERT()?

Consider the following two statements: PRINT CONVERT(NUMERIC(38, 0), 0x0100000001, 0); PRINT CONVERT(NUMERIC(38, 0), 0x0100010001, 0); Both statements return -1; isn't that incorrect since the ...
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Unique Identifier with Extra Characters Still Matching in Select

We are using SQL Server 2012 with a unique identifier and we've noticed that when doing selects with additional characters added onto the end (so not 36 chars) it still returns a match to a UUID. For ...
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Where to learn SQL Server Service Broker?

Are there any good resources to learn Service Broker? I'm looking for a newbie-friendly guide.
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Workspace Memory Internals

Per my reading books on SQL Server 2008 Internals and Troubleshooting (borrowed from local library in Illinois) by Christian Bolton, Brent Ozar etc. I am trying to seek understanding and confirmation ...
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Is it possible to record incoming parameter values in a procedure call while tracing in SQL Server Profiler?

Using SQL Server Profiler (I'm on SQL Server 2012), I'm trying to generate a useful trace that shows the parameter values, not just the SQL with variable names. The stored procedure walks through a ...
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SQL Server 2012 Standard server with 50 instances won't uninstall instances

I suspect this is an issue because we hit the 50 instance max limit of SQL Server. At the limit it won't install more instances, naturally. However, it seems it won't UNinstall them either. That's ...
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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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How to move a database from SQL Server 2012 to SQL Server 2005

What are my options if I need to move a database from SQL Server 2012(32bit) to SQL Server 2005(64bit)? I know I cannot: restore a backup of the database on SQL Server 2005 detach & attach I ...
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What is the logic behind ISNUMERIC for certain special characters?

The ISNUMERIC function has some unexpected behavior. The MSDN documentation says: ISNUMERIC returns 1 when the input expression evaluates to a valid numeric data type; otherwise it returns 0. ...
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Forcing an index spool

I know its something that should be avoided for performance reasons, but am trying to show a condition where it appears as a demo on how to make sure it does not appear. However, I end up with a ...
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SSMS Tools Pack Alternative [closed]

Are there any tools out there comparable to SSMS Tools Pack 2012? The licensing ($30 per machine, $100 for any number of machines... for 3 months) leaves a lot to be desired and I wasn't sure of what ...
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Is SQL Server 2012 Management Studio “Express” any different?

Are there any differences from the version of SSMS that comes as part of the SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Installer and the SQL Server 2012 Express Management Studio?
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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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What is the fastest way to export a table to a text file

I will have a SQL Server 2012 database and a table with 3 million rows and maybe 50 columns. What will be the fastest way for an unattended background .net process (maybe issues some SQL or Powershell ...
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Why are there execution plan differences between OFFSET … FETCH and the old-style ROW_NUMBER scheme?

The new OFFSET ... FETCH model introduces with SQL Server 2012 offers simple and faster paging. Why are there any differences at all considering that the two forms are semantically identical and very ...
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Understanding statistics, execution plans, and 'ascending key problem'

I'm trying to better understand (conceptually) the relationship between statistics, execution plans, stored procedure execution. Am I correct in saying that statistics are only used when creating the ...
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MDX Query for RANK regardless of hierarchy

I'm hoping to add a calculation to my SSAS Cube (SSAS 2012) that will show the relative rank of whatever the current member is against all other members in that grouper, without specifying the ...
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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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Why would you use a managed service account rather than a virtual account in SQL Server 2012?

In SQL Server 2012, service accounts are created as virtual accounts (VAs), as described here, as opposed to managed service accounts (MSAs). The important differences I can see for these, based on ...
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Migrate from SQL Server 2000 to 2012 without a 2005 or 2008 instance

I have come across three old databases sitting on SQL Server 2000 which I need to move to 2012. I believe the standard approach is to restore into a 2005 or 2008 instance, update, re-export and ...
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Can I connect to a SQL Server 2000 instance from SQL Server Management Studio 2012?

I would like to update my development machine to SQL Server 2012 but I still manage some (very old) SQL Server 2000 machines. Wil my 2012 SSMS be able to connect to those SQL Server 2000 machines? ...
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Backup internals - What happens when a backup job is running - in terms of locking and performance overhead in SQL Server?

For MySQL I know the database is backed up table by table in SQL Statements, this results in locking and if you update columns while backing up you might end up in integrity problems. To my ...
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What is the different between compression on the PK vs. on the Table?

Data compression can be set on the table: CREATE TABLE dbo.SomeTable( SomeId [bigint] NOT NULL, OtherId [bigint] NOT NULL, IsActive [bit] NOT NULL, CONSTRAINT [PK_Some] PRIMARY KEY ...