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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sp_repladdcolumn - is it possible to supply a list of Publications to add this column on?

Scenario We have an existing table in 3 different publications (going to 3 different subscribers), 1 of those publications does not publish all columns. All of these are transactional pull ...
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How often to backup the master database?

The suggestion in BOL is fairly vague: Back up master as often as necessary to protect the data sufficiently for your business needs. We recommend a regular backup schedule, which you can ...
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What does a best-practice SQL Server maintenance plan look like? [closed]

I am a student from Fontys University in Eindhoven, and I am currently carrying out a series of interviews to help with the development of a SQL Server tool and I would like to get feedback from the ...
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Which performance counters can you look at on a SQL Server Instance to determine it's performance and over all health?

I am a student from Fontys University in Eindhoven, and I am currently carrying out a series of interviews to help with the development of a SQL Server tool and I would like to get feedback from the ...
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What are the top 3 performance Issues that you encounter with your SQL Servers?

I am a student from Fontys University in Eindhoven, and I am currently carrying out a series of interviews to help with the development of a SQL Server tool and I would like to get feedback from the ...
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Why is it a bad practice to allow everyone to use the sa login?

Even Microsoft discourages the use of SQL Server authentication mode, but our applications require it. I've read that it's a best practice to not let users use the sa login directly, instead using ...
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SQL Server sp_configure options?

Does anybody know where I can find a list of all the parameter options for sp_configure? It isn't really jumping out at me when I search online for possible variations and the capabilities of ...
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70-432 : SQL Server 2008 Implementation and Maintenance [closed]

Has anybody taken this certification exam? If so, how many years of experience do you have as a SQL Server DBA and how hard did you find the exam?
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OLEDB Wait Type and Functions

Is there any relationship between the OLEDB Wait Type and functions? Trying to troubleshoot why I would have 77% of my waits as OLEDB wait type when we have no linked servers. I have a vendor database ...
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How to add another table to publisher and subscriber without reinitializing the subscriber?

Is there chance to add another table in SQL Server 2005 transactional replication without reinitializing subscriber. Thanx.
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SQL Server - Index Including PK

Lets assume we have a table as follows: PK -- nonclustered primary key Col1 -- unique clustered Col2 Col3 Is this index: nonclustered index on (Col2, Col3) any different from this index: ...
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Minimum user rights for connecting MS Sql database remotedly

I have followed this tutorial for getting connected to a Microsoft SQL Server. I connect with ping functionality of Glassfish Server and thus I have to give some user rights to be able to even ping ...
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Assigning a logical name to a sql instance

How can we assign a logical name to a sql instance please? We would need to as to property identify messages coming through from the server. Update Thanks much for your replies. Yes it is for the ...
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Should I stop transaction log backups during a full backup?

I have two SQL Agent jobs which are scheduled to run at different intervals. The first job runs a full backup once a day. The second job runs transaction log backups every fifteen minutes. As the ...
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Does SQL Sentry Plan Explorer work?

Does SQL Sentry Plan Explorer work as advertised and is it legitimate? Are there any gotchas or something to be concerned about? It looks like it shows the hot path in color commpared to SSMS's ...
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Recommendations for MS SQL Server monitoring software or service? [closed]

I have a client with MS SQL Server instances (2000, 2005) scattered across 20-30 servers. I've been engaged to get things organized and will be periodically reviewing the state of the database ...
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SQL Server CTE problem

This question is in reference to my last question: SQL Server 08: Union over while I'm writing a CTE to do what was described in that question (find available time slots over a given number of days. ...
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Problem Reaching VM SQL Server Instance

Here's what I'm working with right now. I have a host OS which includes a SQL Server 2008 Enterprise instance. I have a virtual machine running on this host which has a SQL Server 2008 R2 Express ...
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Using SQL Server on separate networks

I have a bunch of SQL Servers installed on Windows2008R2. Currently, each windows server has two NIC's, each connecting to separate networks. In other words, each server appears on each network. ...
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Performance difference for COALESCE versus ISNULL?

I've seen a lot of people use the COALESCE function in place of ISNULL. From internet searches, I've found that COALESCE is ANSI standard, so there is an advantage that we know what to expect when ...
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How to find out who deleted some data SQL Server

My boss had a query from a customer yesterday asking how they could find out who deleted some data in their SQL Server database (it is the express edition if that matters). I thought this could be ...
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IS_SRVROLEMEMBER returning NULL for valid non windows user

I have a service that executes a stored procedure to query the db for results. The stored procedure needs to use impersonation on the user who is logged in the client (since the service has its own ...
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How does DBCC SHRINKFILE() affect backups?

I have a pile of SQL 2005 databases that have been around for a very long time and, for varying reasons, experienced transaction log autogrowth. Regular backups now keep the transaction log usage ...
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Best way to evenly distribute data over partitioned tables

I am working with a database with roughly around 500MM records. We currently use a static partitioning method that partitions the data by an int identifier such at < 150MM goes on partition 1, > ...
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SQL Server Replication Agent Profile -Output Parameter

I'm trying to add the -Output parameter to my log reader agent for transactional replication and getting this error: Msg 21805, Level 16, State 1, Procedure sp_MSvalidate_agent_parameter, Line 92 The ...
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Statement could not be prepared

I've got a SQL Server 2008 server set up with a linked server to a 2005 server. On the 08 server i've got a view set up that's pulling data from the '05 server. This scenario works from my dev '08 ...
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SQL Server Version - are hotfixes for previous versions implied?

tl;dr: If I identify an SQL Server as having build X, and find out that X implies hotfix Y, does it also imply that all hotfixes listed for versions below X are installed? Or that only the hotfix for ...
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Wise to use trigger to update another table?

I have an Object table which is populated from an Integrated service (which I can change if needed) from another database. At certain points we need to manually add posts in another table ...
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SQL Server 2005 tempdb Time out occurred while waiting for buffer latch type 4 (pagenum)

Three separate processes have failed in the last two days with very similar errors: Time-out occurred while waiting for buffer latch type 4 for page (1:1189832), database ID 2. Time-out occurred ...
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How to use variables inside a select (SQL Server)?

If I want to compute a column and use the result in more than 1 column, how do I do this without making the computing twice? Example: SELECT LOWER(SUBSTRING([NAME], 4, 100)) + '@somedomain.com' as ...
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'Conversion failed' error with ORDER BY CASE expression

I have the following Stored Procedure that works great EXCEPT when I set the 'OrderBy' to 'OrderNumber'. I get the following error: Conversion failed when converting the nvarchar value 'SK11270' to ...
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Will the transaction log shrink automagically in SQL Server?

When SQL Server database in a SIMPLE mode, you don't have to care about the transaction log bakcups. But in a SIMPLE mode, the transaction log seems to grow as it does in FULL mode. Does is truncate ...
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Why use both TRUNCATE and DROP?

In the system I work on there are a lot of stored procedures and SQL scripts that make use of temporary tables. After using these tables it's good practice to drop them. Many of my colleagues (almost ...
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Table structure for many custom profiles

I'm currently developing an bulk-email campaign manager that will allow customers to upload as much information as they would like on their subscribers. For example, I have a basic profile that is ...
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Database log unavailable

I am using SQL Server 2005 and I see the following message in event log (event id 9001) "The log for database xxxx is not available." After doing some research I found that it could be a corrupted ...
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@table_variable or #temp_table

I have a big user defined table type variable that has 129 columns. I will store around 2000-3000 records in this table variable at a time and pass it to various stored procedures and functions to get ...
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Schema design - best practices?

I understand the capabilities of SQL Server Schemas, but what are the best practices? Sure they give another layer of security, and provide logical grouping of database objects within the database, ...
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Can't retrieve data of countries and regions

Goal: Improve my sql ability by doing some coding and reviewing existing code. Problem: I have spent lots of hour to find a solution based of this question "3c. Some countries have populations more ...
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Can IMPLICIT_TRANSACTIONS set on database level?

When I have to investigate problems caused by IMPLICIT_TRANSACTIONS ON, can I focus on Client tools setting IMPLICIT_TRANSACTIONS ON or ANSI_DEFAULTS ON or can this be set for the whole database ...
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How to export a single huge table from SQL Server?

I'm given the task to export the content of a huge table from a production database and to import the data into a database at a remote location. The Table has about 45,000,000 rows. using about 4 GB ...
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Creating a new role

How do I create a new role in my database with my first name which is Denise, and add read only access on the HR user's EMPLOYEES table to this role.
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Can I see Historical Queries run on a SQL Server database?

Someone was running a query on our SQL Server database remotely and their system crashed. They have no backup of that query and want to see what was run on the server. Is it possible to find this ...
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The use of NOT logic in relation to indexes

According to Microsoft's book on database development Exam 70-433: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database Development: Neither leading wildcard characters not NOT logic allow the query optimizer to ...
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Does anyone have a good recommendation for a book which teaches sharding?

Does anyone have a good recommendation for a book which teaches db sharding (from scratch at best) I have read like 40 different websites talking about sharding. I'm not saying online sites/blogs ...
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What are the alternatives for an ORDER BY clause in a View?

This question just had to be in this site :) ORDER BY is forbidden to use in a view, as I understood because of the possibility for multiple order by's when using this view. I know that there are ...
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Is it possible to backup and restore part of a database in sql-server?

We have a sql-server 2005 database that we regularly transfer from our client site to ours. This takes a long time because we don't have a direct connection and have to transfer the file over their ...
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Should I convert empty varchar values to NULL?

I have a stored procedure which accepts various varchar parameters. The middle tier code which calls the procedure has not been consistent in terms of the values it submits. For example, sometimes a ...
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SQL query that concatenate values from duplicate rows in a single table

Lets say I have a table of employees, like this: Name Sex Role Bob M Developer Joe M QA Now, I have a problem with this table of duplicated rows. I will fix it ...
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Send email when certain Data is being inserted in MS SQL Server

I realize that there is an integrated email notification system in SQLServer, where I can configure it to send an email using my organization's Exchange server. I want to use that to send email on ...
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SQL Server 2008 Index

What would be the best index(es) to add to the tables in order to make this query as fast as possible. The sd.incidents tables is about 2.5M records, problems about 8K, and changes about 120K. select ...