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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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SQL Server data files and RAID

I have a server with a RAID1 volume (OS + apps) and a RAID10 volume (database). The RAID10 volume has 6 physical disks. Should I split the SQL Server database into 6 datafiles (one for each physical ...
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In case of multiple updates of the same record in a single transaction, how many versions are being stored?

According to MSDN article by Kimberly L. Tripp, Neal Graves's "SQL Server 2005 Row Versioning-Based Transaction Isolation "... All the earlier versions of a particular record are chained in a linked ...
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SQL Server: How to get the responsiveness of a trigger, without blocking the transaction that fires the trigger?

On a thread today I posed a desire to get code to execute immediately when a record is inserted rather than resorting to polling. Triggers are powerful tools, yet dangerous places to put real code, ...
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Launching a python script from an insert trigger [closed]

We have a nice piece of python that sends some emails and interacts with a cloud system. Works fine. But we have to fire it every few minutes to poll the db. We really need, for business purposes, to ...
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Why can't I view the SQL Server database created by a web application?

I have an ASP.NET MVC web application deployed to IIS on a Windows Server 2012 machine. When the application first starts, it will create the database and tables it needs if necessary through Entity ...
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How do i Optimize/Improve ram while running a massive import into sql server [duplicate]

I currently am importing a massive database of around 180 million records with roughly 300+ columns. I am sure you are all aware this takes a very long time. I am using sql server on a windows server ...
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Recommended best practice for server naming [closed]

We're currently in the process of upgrading to SQL Server 2012, in the past all servers have been installed with a naming convention which contains a "-" in the middle i.e. TS-DBL01 I'm trying to ...
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“When a connection is closed and returned to the pool, the isolation level from the last SET TRANSACTION ISOLATION LEVEL statement is retained”?

The MSDN online article "Snapshot Isolation in SQL Server" states: "An isolation level has connection-wide scope, and once set for a connection with the SET TRANSACTION ISOLATION LEVEL statement, ...
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Why do row-versioning isolations use a linked list of versions of record? [closed]

Trying to better understand row-versioning based transaction isolations in SQL Server... According to Kimberly L. Tripp, Neal Graves's "SQL Server 2005 Row Versioning-Based Transaction Isolation": ...
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Does RCSI use less or same space than SNAPSHOT? Why?

Trying to better understand row-versioning based transaction isolations - RCSI (Read Committed Snapshot Isolation and SNAPSHOT) - in SQL Server... MSDN online article "Choosing Row Versioning-based ...
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Specific TempDB insert of UserDB select results in SOS_SCHEDULER_YIELD to ENCRYPTION_SCAN

One of our production systems has exhibited a problem with a single insertion statement into a temp table from our user database. When I comment out the insert/select, the stored proc in question runs ...
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How do I identify the column(s) responsible for “String or binary data would be truncated.”

I am generating some queries automagically with code I wrote to SELECT from a remote Pg database, and insert into a local SQL Server database. However, one of them is generating this error: [...
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Optimising a query against sys.fn_dblog

Looking for assistance improving a query. This query is used to review the last N transactions in the LDF file and then add some useful information like the user, start time, query text, etc.. Here ...
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Can I limit the time a table lock is being held server side?

I have a SQL Azure server with some stored procedures with TABLOCKX hints that I call from C# code on a Windows Azure web role VM. I'm kinda paranoid about those hints - what if there's some network ...
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Enforce Schema-bound views

For reporting purposes, I need to be able to query dependencies between views and underlying tables at column level (via sys.sql_expression_dependencies). One way to get SQL Server to store ...
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High CPU in SQL Server supporting SharePoint databases while running FAST search crawl

I have a a SQL Server 2012 (SP1) #cu5 (X64) instance used as SharePoint 2010 back end and for the most part use only 10 - 30% CPU but there is a high CPU usage when running FAST search crawl(both ...
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Is my SQL Server 2000 connection string compatible with SQL Server 2012?

Currently I have an application in Visual Basic 6. This application connects to a SQL Server 2000 server using a Data Link file (.UDL) through the OLE DB provider for SQL. The server will be ...
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Does SQL Sentry Plan Explorer count the reads in UDFs?

I have a query like this: select dbo.fn_complexFunction(t.id) from mytable t In SQL Sentry Plan Explorer, I noticed I have to run Get Estimated Plan in SQL Sentry to make the Query Plan include the ...
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MS SQL Server - Login timeout expired

I am doing this tutorial of Microsoft: Basic Data Mining Tutorial http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms167167.aspx I am using SQL Server 2012 and SSIS - SQL Server Integration Services but I ...
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Changes to main Database during Transactional Replication

Can you please advise how can I keep slave database up to date while it's in transactional replication with master. I mean what If I change indexes, columns, tables or sthm else in master dabase? ...
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Should I disable “auto update statistics” in a data warehousing scenario?

I have 200 GB data warehouse in SQL Server. I have been experiencing really slow execution times for some queries; for example 12 hours for a simple delete query with an inner join. After doing ...
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Can we set LOCK_TIMEOUT instance- or database-wide?

It is possible to change the SQL Server's default (which is -1 or indefinite period of time) LOCK_TIMEOUT value session-wide. Is it possible to set LOCK_TIMEOUT default value server-, instance- and/...
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Backup and truncate LDF with xp_sqlmaint

A job is backing up an LDF with the following command: EXECUTE master.dbo.xp_sqlmaint N'-PlanID <the id> -WriteHistory -VrfyBackup -BkUpMedia DISK -BkUpLog "\\server\sqlbak$" -DelBkUps 6HOURS -...
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Interpretation of a column in SQL Server profile trace

In a trace table generated by Profiler I tried to determine the origin of a lock using the column ObjectID2 joined to sys.allocation_units. The results are not good. It identifies many tables that ...
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Active directory automatic login to SSRS

I have a server running SSRS 2012 at address server1.olddomain.com. This is working fine. My users will be accessing this server from another address (the server is not physically moving). The new ...
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Help with Transferring Linked Server to another server?

Please advice me as I'm trying to move the linked server (Providers with the tables in Catalogs) from SQL server 2005 to another upgraded sqlserver 2008, I scripted out everything from there, but not ...
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How to document an archived database? [closed]

You've stored the backup file in a safe place, but what kind of info do you store with it? database type (SQL Server) compatibility level (SQL Server 2008) application name application owner ...
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Creating plan guide for query called through sp_executesql

To make a long story short, I have a view called vwRelatives which uses CTE recursion to build family trees. It's meant to be queried for a single person at a time. This runs in about a quarter ...
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How do Identity Columns get Replicated?

During Transactional Replication, we have data going from Server A to Server B. Say we were to reseed an Identity Column on a Table on Server A (for whatever reason), how would this affect the data ...
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Empty SQL Server 2000 LDF File

I have a 1 GB .LDF for a test database which I want to shrink right down. I am happy to delete its contents if needed. How can I do this for SQL Server 2000? I have tried the following to no huge ...
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best practices indexed views computed columns [closed]

I have a some data in one table which has rules about its validity stored in another table. The combinations leading to a valid / non valid bits and or dates being returned are quite complex but very ...
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Server audit with more than 1.000 entries

On my Mssql 2008r2 I created a server audit for all login and logout: USE MASTER GO CREATE SERVER AUDIT audit_test TO FILE (FILEPATH = 'D:\Audit') GO ...
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SQL Server is started but didn't listen on any port

I newly installed SQL Server 2012. No database created yet. And I can open the Management Studio with sa/password. The Binn\sqlservr.exe is started as a service and I can see it started in the service ...
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How to set up where to store data in SQL Server

My C:\ drive has a size of 99GB and my D:\ drive has a size of 2TB Here comes the problem: where does SQL Server store data in the database? Can I control it? Actually, my C:\ has been full of data ...
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How do i replace DENSE_RANK() with a SEQUENCE object

I have the following select DENSE_RANK() OVER (ORDER BY A, B) AS C from ATable this select statement does the job but I have been told to replace it using a sql SEQUENCE object. Does anyone know ...
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Microsoft Sql Server 2012. 100 000 000 rows table select/insert performance [closed]

This is first time i am working with huge database ( 100 million rows in table Events). Use case here is to quickly select and insert x and y for selected Organisation and datetime. My database ...
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Deleting Record from Linked Table Slow in MS Access

I have a Microsoft Access database that is linked to a SQL Server 2000 backend. It has one form with several subforms, all using information from linked tables. When I try to delete a record from one ...
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What is index fragmentation percent a percentage of?

So I am familiar with the concept of index fragmentation and how to fix it but I'm not really sure of one specific item: When you look at index fragmentation, it's always reported in terms of ...
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Hierarchy of Employee “names” with CTE: Cannot create a correct version

I am trying to create the correct structure of my sql (CTE) query, but I can not. This is a version I want to have . And this is my current version: . As you can see there are duplicates and i have ...
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Have non clustered index but no clustered index [closed]

If a table have two columns say (say Id and Name) has only non clustered index on name column but no clustered index, then what happens to performance of the table ?
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Import XML data retaining while creating ID's with relationships

I need to parse XML from a file into tables while retaining their relationships through custom-generated ID values. IE, if I had the following XML: <root> <construction> <...
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Language difference in full text search for numeric strings

If I create this table on SQL Server 10.50.2550 (SQL Server 2008 R2): CREATE TABLE test( id BIGINT IDENTITY NOT NULL, number VARCHAR(10), CONSTRAINT test_pk PRIMARY KEY (id) ); CREATE FULLTEXT ...
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Why - read but not update ops fail in case of lacking space in tempdb database?

MSDN online article "Choosing Row Versioning-based Isolation Levels" states: "tempdb must have enough disk space for the version store. If there are very long-running transactions, all the ...
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Fastest mechanism to move data between tables in SQL server

We are building a data warehouse. For some of our target tables, the only way to manage the process correctly is to re-transform all the data every time something changes. Currently we do this using ...
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SQL Server's READ COMMITTED SNAPSHOT vs SNAPSHOT

I was researching the differences between SQL Server's READ COMMITTED SNAPSHOT and SNAPSHOT isolation levels and came across the following resource: Choosing Row Versioning-based Isolation Levels ...
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SQL Server Redundancy without Client Application Changes [closed]

We have a custom .NET build application that has different clients which access the DB residing on SQL Server 2005 Standard. Now we want to add another SQL Server to create redundancy so that in case ...
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Are string columns with very few different entries automatically compressed?

We have a table which contains a column with only a dozen different strings in it. Is there anything I need to do in order to get the DB to compress this information? We don't have too much disk space ...
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Using SQL Server SMO with a Port number

In SSMS if you are connecting to SQL Server instance set to specific port other than 1433 you simply put ",port number" after the instance name. In the same regard if I am using System.Data.SqlClient....
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Why did my indexes drop in size?

I've got the following SP which I wrote to calculate the size of all the tables on my database SELECT name,dbo.nice(rows) as [rows], dbo.nice(CAST(total-indexes as DECIMAL)/1024) as [data (...