Microsoft's SQL Server is a relational database management system (RDBMS) that runs as a server providing multi-user access to a number of databases. It originated from the Sybase SQL Server codebase, which is why both products use the extension of SQL called Transact-SQL (T-SQL).

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Where are queries against a linked server actually processed?

How is a query against a linked server processed? Does the linked server use its optimizer when it receives a query from a remote source? There are a few scenarios about which I'm wondering: Scenario ...
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Checking a wide table for nulls [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Test if any fields are NULL I am new here. I have a table with 70-odd columns. Is there a way I can check the number of rows with at least one null value in any column ...
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A Script to insert dummy Data in all tables of Database

I wanted a Script that can loop through all tables and their columns in the database and insert dummy data based on column type and size, so that i can start using the database for testing, and ...
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Automatically Execute Stored Procedure After Any RESTORE DATABASE Event

Is it possible to have SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard automatically execute a stored procedure in any given database that is restored or attachced to the instance? I've got close to a solution by ...
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How can I make my SSIS process consume more resources and run faster?

I have a daily ETL process in SSIS that builds my warehouse so we can provide day-over-day reports. I have two servers - one for SSIS and the other for the SQL Server Database. The SSIS server ...
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Windows Authentication for a non-local non-domain Login

I have SQL Server 2008 R2 installed on a Windows Server 2008 R2 box. There is no domain in the network. Is there any way for me to add a Windows Login on SQL Server for a non-local and non-domain ...
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What is Sql Server Clustered Index in Oracle terminology

A clustered index in sql server like a dictionary or telephone directory. A,B,C,D it goes on. If you look up with a name Ozgur you start O then z etc. I would like a simple explaination for this ...
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Is there a collation to sort the following strings in the following order 1,2,3,6,10,10A,10B,11?

I have a database with a VARCHAR column that contains integers of varying length. I want to sort them so 10 comes after 9, not 1, and 70A comes after 70. I was able do this with PATINDEX(), a CTE, and ...
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Resources for SQL Server developer migrating to Oracle

What resources can you recommend for a SQL Server developer wanting to learn Oracle basics? I am looking for a comprehensive whitepaper or blog post describing differences between these systems and ...
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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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SQL Server 2008 R2 Readable Mirror

I know that SQL Server 2012 and 2014 offer AlwaysOn Availability Groups which provide this functionality, but I'm still stuck on SQL Server 2008 R2 for a while. I recently came across this AWS ...
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Transactional Replication to DB on Same Server instance

We have a SQL Server 2012 instance that contains a database with data for many product lines. We are looking for a way to take subsets of this data into another database on the same instance. This ...
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How to properly increment an int identity in SQL Server if the Identity Increment isn't set?

When I use SQL Server with an int based identity column, I always use the auto increment. But I'm needing to insert into an existing table that doesn't have the property set, and I'm wondering what ...
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Single year column and multiple weeks columns into single year/week column with PIVOT

I have a table that looks roughly like this. (Pk int, Year int, Week1, Week2, .., Week53) The values in each "Week" column are sales data. What I want to do is create a new table from the first ...
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Should I check for existence of temp tables in Stored Procedures?

Is there any edge case in which it would be recommended to explicitly check for ,drop and create temp tables at the start of a Stored Procedure instead of just creating them? Similarly, is there a ...
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Track changes in database structure

There has been a change in our DB and one of the SPs has been deleted. We have no idea who did it or when. Is there any way to find it out? Or enabling an option to be able to track this in future?
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Are there reasons to not use SCHEMABINDING on database objects?

Not using schema binding seems like turning off compiler warnings - you don't find out you broke something until runtime. The benefit is that schema bound objects protects the database from ...
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SQL Server DMV to show if database is used

What is the best indicator in finding out whether a database is utilized or accessed? I tried index statistics and based on I/O utilization but none seem to be a good indicator. Problem: I have a ...
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Utilizing a single core to 100% doesn't show in perf mon as single cpu being fully utilized

Ever since Windows 2008 I've noticed the following behavior: I'm using a windows 2008R2 VM with two vCPUs but this also works on a physical server. I'm using SQL server 2008 R2 for this example. ...
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What permissions are necessary for truncating a table?

I have a sql account with the following permissions on a database: The db_executor role you see this account being a member of was created by this script: CREATE ROLE [db_executor] AUTHORIZATION ...
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join syntax / style performance consideration

Edit: I've added a follow up question based on comments by @ypercube about semantic equivalence and my findings of the query behavior changes when you have a mix of outer/inner nested joins. We ...
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“Restore With Replace” or drop/restore with Instant Initialization on?

What exactly does the restore argument "With Replace" do? I'm looking at needing to restore a database back to a beginning point on a regular basis, and I've been trying to figure out if there are any ...
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SQL Server 2012 High Availability on VMware virtualization

We're going to host a large SQL Server 2012 under a VMware virtualization and we need it to be highly available. These are the three options I found supported, but couldn't find a lot of info and ...
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SQL Server Min Server Memory

using SQL 2008 R2 with SP2 with a server with 64 GB of RAM. I have set max server memory to 58GB considering SQL Server is limited to only database engine related service only. I have a question ...
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How does Log shipping knows to keep track

I have set up log shipping between 2 SQL Servers (SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2012). At first i took a full backup of the first one and restored it on the other one and than i set up the log ...
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Page Lookups Percentage - SQL Server performance monitoring

I'm currently doing some work on monitoring SQL Server performance. I've found the following script[1] which calculates 'Page Lookups Percentage' - the suggestion being that a "good" value is ...
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Extract data to another computer

I have SQL Server 2008 R2 Express edition, and I want to export the data in that database to another computer so I can import it again in that computer. How please? What I have tried Right-click ...
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How to take partitions or filegroups out of service

I'm an experienced SQL Server DBA but new to partitioning, and I have a couple of questions. Using SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition. I've inherited a large customer metrics database that grows ...
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Data sharing between client and server two ways

One of my Silverlight applications is running. This Application is using one central database (SQL Server 2008) and three other client databases (SQL Server 2008) in server other locations. Our ...
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Can I trust the Database Engine Tuning Advisor recommendations?

Our database has become large, and we are trying to optimize performance. Can we follow the recommendations provided by the Database Engine Tuning Advisor by supplying it a .trc file generated with ...
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Database locked

I canceled a query which took too long time. After that, the SQL-Server database was locked. After I restarted SQL Server, the mode of my database was "in recovery". Now I can't access my database ...
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Programmatically find indexes that cannot be rebuilt online

I am automating rebuild and reorganise indexes using T-SQL. I run into problems with indexes that cannot be rebuilt online. Primarily this happens because ntext/nvarchar columns are included. Is ...
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SSIS Recordset Destination error

I have an SSIS package targeted at SQL Server 2012. I have it deployed into the Stored Packages in Integration Services and then have a SQL Server Agent job which executes it. The first part of the ...
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Creative workaround for granting edit rights to individual jobs for a group?

We have two developers that say they can not function without full rights to a few jobs on our database server. They both want rights to the same jobs. Given that it seems that MS doesn't seem to be ...
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ORDER BY clause is allowed over column that is not in SELECT list?

In theory, every statement in SQL Server create virtual table passed to next statement. In other words, when FROM and Where clause are finished, next step is SELECt columns from virtual group created ...
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limiting sql server backups inside .bak file

I have a job scheduled to run a few times everyday. The job backups my databases, like: BACKUP DATABASE [databasename] TO DISK = N'd:\sqlserver\backup\databasename.bak' I can track the backups in ...
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How to create a partitioned table based on date?

I'm trying to create a partitioned table where partitioning is determined by OrderDate. I'm trying to create a clustered index on OrderDate and a nonclustered primary key on OrderID. But I get an ...
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Does adding page compression to a table also compress existing indexes?

I am creating a series of new tables that will have page level compression enabled. Will this affect the indexes as well, or will I have to also specify compression when creating the indexes? create ...
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Unknown database corruption: Data error in cyclic redundancy check

I have a server that is throwing an error message when I try to backup a database. The error is: 10 percent processed. 20 percent processed. Msg 3271, Level 16, State 1, Line 1 A nonrecoverable I/O ...
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In-memory SQL Server log file

I have a SQL Server instance that is used solely for the purpose of reporting and also for preparing data to be loaded into Analysis Services. Its data comes from another SQL Server instance which is ...
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Why do we have to use SWITCH in table partitioning?

I'm a beginner in SQL. I'd like to know what is the importance of SWITCH in table partitioning? I've created one table partitioned month-wise, with a total of 12 partitions. The ranges are: ...
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Why database diagrams are not working when domain account is attached to database owner?

I was trying to use Database diagrams is SQL Server and got following error: Database diagram support objects cannot be installed because this database does not have a valid owner. To continue, first ...
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SQL Server 2005: Full-text search space requirements

Is there a way to calculate the physical drive space required for a full-text search catalog? Space is cheap, but I'd like to know what I'm getting into. I'm looking at a table of about 200 articles ...
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Cannot access any database in SQL Server 2008 R2 Express after moving workstation from domain to workgroup

My workstation that has SQL Server 2008 R2 Express for development purposes installed has been moved out of a domain into a Windows workgroup. While being part of the domain I used the account ...
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SQL Server 2005 Tools makes SQL Server 2008 Express install fail

When I tried installing SQL Server 2008 Express, the install failed due to this line. How can I circumvent this, or fix the issue?
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Replicating a Table Structure With no Data Using Merge Replication

I am using merge replication with SQL 2012. I have a table, and it would be useful to propogate that table to the subscribers, but just the table structure, not the actual data. The data in the ...
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How to make a flexible service broker receive in a stored sql procedure, how to pass “FROM” parameter into receive

a while ago I asked a question about how to make begin dialog and send more flexible so that it can be embedded in a procedure that takes the to, from, parameters as sysname variables. Service Broker ...
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Service Broker Procedure that will be used by multiple initiators to begin dialog conversation.. how to pass a parameter into it

The standard format for beginning a dialog is like this: Declare @dialog_handle UNIQUEIDENTIFIER BEGIN DIALOG CONVERSATION @dialog_handle FROM SERVICE initiator_1 TO SERVICE 'target_1' ON ...
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How to get the total days per month between two dates?

Given two dates like 20120302 and 20120605 I need to get a list of Months and the total days in those months that fall between those two dates, like so: March 28 April 30 May 31 June 03
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Memory utilization per database - SQL Server

I am trying to find the memory utilization per database(using dmvs) in a sql server instance, ie (Buffer Cache + Procedure Cache) over a period of time. I have the query to get the buffer cache ...