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Good way to call multiple SQL Server Agent jobs sequentially from one main job?

I've got several SQL Server Agent jobs that should run sequentially. To keep a nice overview of the jobs that should execute I have created a main job that calls the other jobs with a call to EXEC ...
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Why my database mirror break down after changing file group settings from RESTRICTED_USER to MULTI_USER?

My environment is the following: VMWare 5.5 vitalized server MS Windows Server 2008R2 Enterprise domain and SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise. Centralized storage with fibre-channel connection. I have ...
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What effect will reducing the size of a varchar column have on the database file?

We have a number of tables in our database that have VARCHAR(MAX) columns where a VARCHAR(500) (or something much smaller than max) will suffice. Naturally I want to clean these up, and get the sizes ...
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Using indexed views for aggregates - too good to be true?

We have a data warehouse with a fairly large record count (10-20 million rows) and often run queries that count records between certain dates, or count records with certain flags, e.g. SELECT ...
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View delete statements in the Transaction log

Is it possible to view delete statements that have recently occurred in the Transaction Log?
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Is there a way to grant a user access to only all non system views of database?

In SQL Server, I have a user in a particular database and I've been asked to grant them access to all of the non-system views of the database only. I believe this can be done by editing securables of ...
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How does using separate schemas affect SQL Server 2008 performance?

I want to use separate schemas for objects with different purposes in our SQL Server 2008 database. Right now we use a fairly mind-numbing naming convention to indicate the purpose of a table or ...
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Is there a performance difference in committing and rolling back a read-only transaction?

I open a (repeatable read) transaction (BEGIN TRAN) to do some work on certain records. First thing I do is checking if the data I need to change is in the database. In some cases there will be and ...
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Keep getting message: Failed allocate pages: FAIL_PAGE_ALLOCATION 540

I'd appreciate some help with the following, I've done some Googling, but haven't managed to resolve this one. I keep receiving a message in the SQL Log 'Failed allocate pages: FAIL_PAGE_ALLOCATION ...
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How accurate is the sys.partition.rows column?

The system view sys.partitions has a column "rows" that is the total number of rows in a given partition. For a table that is not partitioned (or only has one partition depending on how you look at ...
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SQL Server in a state of confusion: does the database exist or doesn't it?

Got a really weird, annoying problem.. Somehow the instance of SQL Server 2008 R2 running on our server has gotten somewhat corrupted. First, we noticed that the database we created yesterday was ...
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How do I find out *why* a user has certain effective permissions?

I know that I can query effective permissions by using sys.fn_my_permissions: USE myDatabase; SELECT * FROM fn_my_permissions('dbo.myTable', 'OBJECT') entity_name | subentity_name | ...
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Does SQL profiler affect server performance?

I am facing a problem where the sql server 2008 fails for some high load. I need to find that load case and need to optimize the code so that it can handle the load. I have found on the internet that ...
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How do you submit a List of items to a Stored Procedure to limit results? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Passing array parameters to a stored procedure Lets say you want to filter results by a List of uniqueidentifiers such that your SQL statement would read: WHERE ...
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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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Unique identifier field with a conditional

I have a database that's not in production, so the main table being CustodyDetails, this table has a ID int IDENTITY(1,1) PRIMARY KEY column and I'm looking for a way of adding another unique ...
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Merge row size overflow in SQL Server - “Cannot create a row of size..”

The target table to which I'm trying to merge the data has ~660 columns. The code for the merge: MERGE TBL_BM_HSD_SUBJECT_AN_1 AS targetTable USING ( SELECT * FROM ...
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Why not rebuild indexes with page count <1000?

I use Ola Hallengrens script for Index maintenance. Before I did that, I used the following query to see which indexes are fragmented most: SELECT dbschemas.[name] as 'Schema', dbtables.[name] as ...
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What is the most effective way to discover all running instances of SQL Server using PowerShell?

I've been tasked with discovering all the instances of SQL Server that are running within our domain. In several cases there are multiple instances per server. I've seen two different PowerShell ...
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Wait on the Database Engine recovery handle failed. Check the SQL Server error log for potential causes

I try installing SQL2008R2 - SQL2012 - sql2014 2014-07-17 16:31:16.00 spid14s Error: 17190, Severity: 16, State: 1. 2014-07-17 16:31:16.00 spid14s Initializing the FallBack certificate failed ...
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Is ASYNC_NETWORK_IO wait type anything to worry about?

In looking at the list of sprocs that take long time to execute, one stands out as causing the most wait. However, most of that wait (81%) is ASYNC_NETWORK_IO and I know why: the sproc transfers ...
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SQL Server not using available memory

SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition (64-bit) on Windows 2008R2 Enterprise Server has over 300 GB of memory but total memory use in control panel never goes over 86 GB Have SQL configured to use ...
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Database design: Dividing multiple identical tables, good or bad?

I am very new at SQL and databases in general. I only use them for the occasional homework so I haven't even tried to master them. I have seats at a theater, the seats are divided into 4 main areas ...
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SSIS File System Task Copy File Could not find part of the path error

I have created an SSIS package that uses a File Systen Task (copy) that copies a file from 1 folder to another. The package runs fine when I run it from my local computer but when I import the package ...
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SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 - Tempdb “Available free space” showing negative value

Please help as this issue is driving me nuts... Tempdb has four data files and one log file. They are all located on the same dedicated drive. When I right click on tempdb in SQL Server Management ...
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How might a corrupt partition in TempDB result in DBCC CHECKDB reporting no issue?

One of our SQL Servers reported the following error recently: DATE/TIME: 2/25/2013 9:15:14 PM DESCRIPTION: No catalog entry found for partition ID 9079262474267394048 in database 2. The ...
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Why does this cursor produce results in the incorrect order?

I am writing some dynamic SQL to identify and, perhaps if I'm feeling crazy enough, automatically convert my NONCLUSTERED indexes into CLUSTERED indexes. The line ORDER BY 1,2,3 DESC; in the SQL ...
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Why do we have SHRINKDATABASE command in SQL Server

I have read across the internet where Finest Developer says shrinkdatabse should be avoided as it causes increase in fragmentation and decrease in performance . I would like to know from you guys ...
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Table order in Join Query

if i say: Table1 left join Table2 is it the same as saying Table2 right join Table1 ? In other words, should i expect to get the same results from 2 identical queries where the only thing that is ...
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Do SQL Server stored procedures cache data results?

I have heard this from friends, but I never investigated whether this is true. Is it true that the data results of an executed query are stored in cache? I mean, if I have a stored procedure like : ...
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Save Connections in SSMS?

Can I save some sort of session or profile in SSMS (2008 r2) that will open up connections to a saved list of database servers when I open SSMS? So for example I frequently will open up SSMS and ...
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Does sql server calculate views every time when someone query the views?

I wonder whether sql server calculate views every time when someone query the views. It is because everytime I query the views, it take such a long time. And when I tried to shorten the time by ...
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What are the performance implications of running multiple smaller DBs instead of a single larger DB on a server?

Our database architecture allows multiple 'customers' to exist in the same database, yet we split them into mulitple database for administrative reasons [patching, backup, etc.] Question 1 What ...
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Database Users and Server Logins and the Mapping between them

I have an instance of SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Edition at home and another on a server at a clients premises which I am using to develop an application using Access as the front end. This ...
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Why can a SQL Server table not have more than one IDENTITY column?

Why can a SQL Server table not have more than one identity column? CREATE TABLE t(id INT IDENTITY, id2 INT IDENTITY) Msg 2744, Level 16, State 2, Line 5 Multiple identity columns specified for ...
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Procedure Cache Dropping

We've experienced an issue with SQL Server dropping proc cache out of the blue. I'm talking 4GB down to 0 in 2 minutes. This has occurred approx once per day in the last two weeks. It does happens ...
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sys.dm_exec_requests - start_time

I have the following query that tells me the status of queries in a database I'm responsible for (although I am not a DBA). SELECT T3.FullStatement as FullSQLStatement ...
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Tell SQL Server a query is ad hoc and not to optimize based on it

Is there a way to run a one-off query against a production SQL Server database and tell it not to make any future judgments based on that query. E.g. Store execution plans, recommend indexes, etc. ...
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How do I merge similar records with different validity dates?

The table I am working on has three components: An ID column (primary key in another table) Some data columns Date valid from/to columns. Values: ID Data From To 1 a ...
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SQL Server: Unable to save import export package, but am on Standard Edition

I am confused. Issue: SSIS ("SQL Server Import Export Wizard") should let me build a data import package and save it to a file, for easy re-running (converting to a task, etc.). I want to save a ...
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Compare 4 or more columns values

I have a table like: ID A0 A1 A2 A3 A4 14 A B A C A 15 A A A A A I need to compare all 5 columns and check if they have same value and retrive the only one that have all same ...
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Does the Sql Server Agent account need sysadmin permission?

I ran Brent Ozar's sp_blitz script, and one of the things it's complaining about is that my SQL Server Agent account has sysadmin permission. I removed the sysadmin permission, but then the agent ...
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Error 18456 error severity 14 state 5 SQL Server 2012 SCCM2012 SP1

We had a primary site for SCCM 2012 SP1 running fine. I then installed CAS for SCCM on another server. The prerequisites required me to change the collation on the existing server. I did this and ran ...
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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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Is it viable to attribute permissions to SQL Server virtual accounts (NT Service\SQLSERVERAgent, etc)?

Using MS SQL Server 2012 in Microsoft Windows Server 2008. I am somewhat confused by the New Account Types Available with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual Windows accounts [NT ...
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Replicated Database Log File Maintenance

I have a database on the publisher that is involved in replication (publication configured for merge and transaction). Trying to regain control of the log file for this particular database (VLF count, ...
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Transaction Log maintenance when switching to Simple Recovery

Background: I recently inherited 50+ SQL Servers with 450+ databases. The nightly backups are roughly 8TB and, needless to say, we're using more disk space than we'd like. All of the databases are ...
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Optimum configuration for 4 SSD drives

I would like to move a SQL Server database from a shared configuration with the web-server to it's own dedicated box. My current budget will allow me to put 4 disks together in an array with a single ...
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How do I shrink the physical Transaction Log file when it's the principal in a mirror?

We setup database mirroring over the weekend, and forgot to re-enable the job that backs up the transaction logs. When I came in this morning, the transaction log had ballooned to 58GB, and was taking ...
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Referencing system views in SSDT?

I've imported a database into SSDT containing a reference to a system view (specifically, sys.columns). The problem is, that I then get warnings about unresolved references when I build the project ...