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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Easy path to REST on SQL Server?

At work, one of our primary databases is running on MS SQL Server. I think it's 2008. I'm currently hitting it via UnixODBC and FreeTDS from a Linux host. Unfortunately, the UnixODBC/FreeTDS are not ...
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Impact of Redgate SQL Search on Server

I'm a huge fan of a lot of the Redgate tools, however at my current workplace they are very paranoid over anything interacting with live servers (in particular affecting performance). So my question ...
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Moving tables to another SQL2008 database (including indexes, triggers, etc.)

I need to move a whole bunch (100+) of large (millions of rows) tables from one SQL2008 database to another. I originally just used the Import/Export Wizard, but all the destination tables were ...
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Can't stop replication sp_dropdistpublisher responds “there are subscribers defined”

I am running into errors: exec sp_dropdistpublisher @publisher='servername' response: Msg 21047, Level 16, State 1, Procedure sp_dropdistpublisher, Line 145 Cannot drop the local distribution ...
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How to restore multiple backups

I'm using ExpressMaint and Windows Scheduled Tasks to create weekly full and daily differential backups of some MS SQL Server 2008 R2 Express databases Weekly fulls expressmaint -S ...
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How to get the MAX row

In SQL Server I've always found it a pain to get the max rows for a dataset, I'm looking for a list of the methods to retrieve the max rows with some guidance on performance and maintainability. ...
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How do I get back some deleted records?

I mistakenly deleted around 2,000,000 records from a remote SQL Server 2008 table. The server is not granting me access to the backup files on the server side. Is there any way to get back these ...
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How can I track database dependencies?

As internal applications evolve over a number of years, you occasionally find there are a number of tables that people believe are no longer relevant and want to cull. What are the practical methods ...
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What is the best way to get a random ordering?

I have a query where I want the resulting records to be ordered randomly. It uses a clustered index, so if I do not include an order by it will likely return records in the order of that index. How ...
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Difference between Hash, Merge and Loop join?

In SQL Server you can specify the join hints: HASH JOIN MERGE JOIN LOOP JOIN What is the definition of those three join hints, and when should each be used?
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What is the best way to filter or otherwise manipulate the results returned by a stored procedure?

Often I find myself wanting to filter or order the results returned by execing a stored procedure - for example to order the output of sp_who2 by login or CPU Time, or filter it by host name. What is ...
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Pros and Cons of SQL Server back up strategies and their appropriate usage scenarios

From what I can tell, there are three possible ways of backing up your SQL Server database Full backup Differential backup Log Shipping What are the pros and cons of each strategy and in what ...
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How do I copy a table with SELECT INTO but ignore the IDENTITY property?

I have a table with identity column say: create table with_id ( id int identity(1,1), val varchar(30) ); It's well known, that this select * into copy_from_with_id_1 from with_id; results in ...
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How to execute SQL against all DBs on a Server

I have some standard SQL that I run against multiple databases on a single server to help me diagnose problems: select so.name, so.type, MAX(case when sc.text like '%remote%' then '' ...
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What's the best way to track Updated By, Updated On

In MS SQL Server, what's the best way to update an Updated By, Updated On set of fields on a table? I've seen it done it triggers, in the code. etc. The upside I've seen to triggers is that it all ...
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What is a Clustered Index?

I need a short explaining of clustered index. What is a clustered index? What are best practices for using the clustered index?
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Optimize this SQL query for performance

I'm trying to optimize the following statement: 'VI'+CAST(month(GETDATE()) AS NVARCHAR)+'/'+CAST(year(GETDATE()) AS NVARCHAR) +'/00000' +CAST(@number+1 AS VARCHAR) The statement produces a value ...
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Rebuilding the transaction log

We have a very large database (~6TB), whose transaction log file was deleted. We have tried: Detaching and reattaching the database; and Undeleting the transaction log file but nothing has worked ...
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Shouldn't SQL Server Support RANGE?

As someone who develops websites and does a bit of SQL Server, it seems a no brainer to me that SQL Server should support a simple clause that indicates the results should only include a specific ...
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Using SQL Profiler on a database that's in production

As a developer, I use SQL Profiler quite often. It's a good debugging tool, both to track what my code is doing and to analyse performance problems. But I've always used it on my development ...
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Building Dynamic SQL-Server Where Clause

Let us review this dba.exchange Oracle question for SQL-Server. This is SaUce's code, after a little formatting: CREATE PROCEDURE GetCustomer @FirstN nvarchar(20) = NULL, @LastN ...
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Find out what queries are causing the biggest amount of network traffic

On a production SQL server I am seeing intermittent enormous spikes in data traffic. Up to 200Mbit/s which is causing NETWORK IO waits which in turn cause query timeouts. How can I find out what ...
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Get records between time span

I would like to retrieve records between time spans,All i have is this snippet of string indicating the time span 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM below is the table schema CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Samples]( [RID] ...
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How large is “too large” for SQL 2008 Web Edition?

For our soon-to-be-hosted application I need to choose between SQL Server 2008 Web edition and SQL Server 2008 Enterprise edition. There isn't any "must-have" functionality: the application currently ...
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Possible to run two DBCC INDEXDEFRAG commands simultaneously, each on a different table?

I am currently running a script which performs a DBCC INDEXDEFRAG on every table in a SQL Server 2005 database, one table at a time. Using DBCC DBREINDEX instead of INDEXDEFRAG is not an option, due ...
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Is my function nondeterministic one

I have two functions: fn_Without_Param and fn_With_Param CREATE FUNCTION [dbo].[fn_Without_Param] ( ) ... INNER JOIN .. ON .. AND SubmitDate = CONVERT( varchar(10), GETUTCDATE(), 101 ) and /* ...
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What is the best query to use to monitor a SQL Server database's status?

I want to be able to run a query to get the crucial information about a database's status. I.e., I want the query to be able to tell what whether or not the database is in a good state. This is the ...
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What is the best query to use to monitor a SQL Server database's status?

I want to be able to run a query to get the crucial information about a database's status. I.e., I want the query to be able to tell what whether or not the database is in a good state. This is the ...
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Is there a reliable way to determine when you should run DBCC CLEANTABLE to reclaim space?

Lately, instead of just growing files when they near 80% file utilization, I've been more proactive at reclaiming space via the usual tricks like defragmenting heaps, adding & dropping clustered ...
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Is the SQL Server IsShutdown property useful to determine whether a database is in a good state?

My company has a tool that monitors statuses on servers, services, databases, etc. We monitor a number of on-site servers for our customers. One particular simple check performed is to determine ...
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Where can I find database tuning exercises for learning?

As a developer, often DBAs take responsibility for resolving performance issues at the database level so we don't get that much experience diagnosing, tuning, refactoring queries etc. I'm looking ...
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Passing array parameters to a stored procedure

I've got a process that grabs a bunch of records (1000's) and operates on them, and when I'm done, I need to mark a large number of them as processed. I can indicate this with a big list of IDs. I'm ...
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Full Plan Cache Behavior

In SQL Server 2005, what happens when the plan cache fills up? I have done some research, and from bits and pieces gathered it seems that cached plans are given an "age" that consists of it's weight, ...
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Randomizing table contents and storing them back in the table

I have a table with at least a million records in it. These rows were created by a custom app that reads several SharePoint site collections and stores the item urls in the table. Now, since we read ...
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SQL Server Management Studio for a remote database

With a SQL Sever database which is on a remote hosted dedicated server I can work using SQL Server Management Studio installed either on the same server or on my local computer. I the first case I ...
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Unique Constraints on Nullable Columns in SQL Server 2005

In this one project I am working on, I need to set a particular field to be unique (not a problem!) but if the field is null I want the constraint to be ignored. In Sql Server 2008 I use filtered ...
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On a dedicated database server, how much memory to reserve for the OS?

Assuming you have a dedicated server explicitly for database functions -- how much memory should you reserve for the operating system? I realize this will probably vary somewhat depending on the ...
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Best solution for High Availability and SSRS on SQL Server 2008 R2?

I have 2 Physical Servers with SQL Server 2008 R2. – SQL Server 1(Active) & SQL Server 2 (Passive) Web Application is developed using .Net 4.0 Framework. I want to know the best solution to have ...
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How do you clear out all old query plans from within Microsoft SQL Server?

We have an off the shelf application that uses a Microsoft SQL database. Within this application we pick and choose various selection criteria for each report. This application then runs these ...
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How to compare performance of two versions of a function?

I just saw this function definition: create function dbo.f (@a int, @b int) returns integer as begin return case when not exists (Select * from t1 where t1.col1 = @a) AND @b ...
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How do you document your databases?

I find that most of my clients are not documenting their databases at all and I find that pretty scary. To introduce some better practice I would like to know what tools/process you are using. How ...
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How do I list or search all the column names in my database?

I want to search for a string in the names of the columns present in a database. I’m working on a maintenance project and some of the databases I deal with have more than 150 tables, so I'm looking ...
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How can I tell WHY an insert on a certain table is slow?

I know that an INSERT on a SQL table can be slow for any number of reasons: Existence of INSERT TRIGGERs on the table Lots of enforced constraints that have to be checked (usually foreign keys) Page ...
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What security threats does the SA account and other known account names pose to security?

Does an known account name like sa, pose a security threat to database? When using windows authentication on SQL Server does it impose the same password policy(if it was set to say account lockout ...
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Is Oracle not suited as the database behind websites like Stackoverflow? [closed]

I see from the thread Which tools and technologies build the Stack Exchange Network? that the database specifications are: Database SQL Server 2008 R2 running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 ...
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Is there anybody using the SQL Server feature to create groups of stored procedures differentiated by number?

The question refers to the number parameter in this msdn documentation If you don't you can create multiple stored procedures in SQL-Server differentiated by number and drop them with a single drop. ...
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What is the meaning of DOP in the context of SQL Server?

What is the meaning of DOP in the context of sql server?
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What is the impact of changing the index creation memory setting in SQL Server?

I am trying to create some indexes a SQL Server 2008 database but am getting the following error message. Msg 8606, Level 17, State 1, Line 1 This index operation requires 1024 KB of memory ...
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SQL Server 2008 log files have minimum sizes, what gives and how do I make them smaller?

Ok, to start with, I screwed up when I created the databases, using a create script roughly like so: (artificial linebreaks and names/paths for wrapping purposes) CREATE DATABASE [EXAMPLE] ON ...
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How do I shrink all files quickly for all databases?

In SQL Server (2008 in this case) how can I quickly shrink all the files, both log and data, for all databases on an instance? I could go through SSMS and right click each and choose Tasks -> Shrink, ...