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GO After every T-SQL statement

What is the reasoning behind using the GO statement after every SQL statement? I understand that GO signals the end of batch and/or allows the reputation of statements but what advantage does it have ...
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Setting user permissions for different SQL Server schemas

I need to limit access to a particular user, but they still need to be able to see the data in tables owned by dbo. I'm trying to do the following: dbo schema functions as it would normally, has ...
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SQL Server 2012: Generate Scripts from command line

I am running SQL Server 2012. The SQL Server Management Studio has the option to right click on a database then select Tasks and Generate Scripts. Is there a way to automate that via command line ...
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Help me choose a RAID level combination for a SQL Server 2008 instance

I am going to rebuild one IBM 3400 server from scratch. This server is dedicated to a SQL Server 2008 instance running on Windows 2008 R2. I am going to make new RAID configuration. I have 6 SCSI ...
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Login failed for user - Error 18456 - Severity 14, State 38

Message that SQL Server Log File Viewer shows: Login failed for user [User] Error: 18456, Severity: 14, State 38 What it actually means: Failed to open the explicitly specified database My ...
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Return a column per date in a range

Let's say I have Table A: BookingsPerPerson Person_Id ArrivalDate DepartureDate 123456 2012-01-01 2012-01-04 213415 2012-01-02 2012-01-07 What I need to achieve with a ...
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Adding columns to production tables

What's the best way to add columns to large production tables on SQL Server 2008 R2? According to Microsoft's books online: The changes specified in ALTER TABLE are implemented immediately. If the ...
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Is there a way to generate table create script in TSQL?

Is there a way to generate a create script from an existing table purely in T-SQL (that is without using SMO, since T-SQL does not have access to SMO). Let's say a stored procedure that receives a ...
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What does role db_owner allow

I have been trying to troubleshoot a login that is not able to view certain tables in a SQL Server 2012 database. In doing so I find I don't quite understand what membership in the db_owner role ...
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SQL Server gets slow over time until we have to restart it

We have a database with a mixed OLAP/OLTP workload. The queries are quite ad-hoc and are dynamically created in the mid-tier application server. When we start the server, the performance is quite ...
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Allow non-sysadmin, non-owner of a SQL Server Agent job to execute it

I have a job that runs an SSIS package. Currently the owner is a proxy account. I can run the job manually from a sys-admin account. Our web service logs in using a limited account. It needs to ...
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Why does ALTER COLUMN to NOT NULL cause massive log file growth?

I have a table with 64m rows taking 4.3 GB on disk for its data. Each row is about 30 bytes of integer columns, plus a variable NVARCHAR(255) column for text. I added a a NULLABLE column with ...
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Setting up a central CLR stored procedure / function respository library for internal stored procs in other databases to use?

I would like to use code that I developed in C# CLR to be used in all of the databases on the system so that I don't have to set each to trustworthy and turn CLR on and keep a bunch of the same code ...
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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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Quick look at how much RAM is allocated to SQL Server?

With SQL Server 2005, you could look at the Task Manager and, at least, get a cursory look at how much memory is allocated to SQL Server. With SQL Server 2008, the Working Set or Commit Size never ...
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SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn: need to automatically add databases by script- T-sql or PowerShell

I've installed and successfully configured our SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn 2-node servers for our new "Intranet" that is coming out. I've gotten AlwaysOn working great, and our Front End servers for the ...
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What minimum permissions do I need to provide to a user so that it can check the status of SQL Server Agent Service?

I have created a user and granted many permissions and roles to it including SQLAgentUserRole and SQLAgentReaderRole. My application checks the status of the agent to see if it is running or not, and ...
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Transactional replication altering tables and adding stored procedures

I have a database that is replicated in several locations. It is setup as transactional replication. However, now I need to add more columns to the table. Add more stored procedures and etc. Hence, if ...
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Justify NOT using (nolock) hint in every query

Have you ever had to justify NOT using a query hint? I am seeing WITH (NOLOCK) in every single query that hits a very busy server. It is to the point that the developers think it should just be on ...
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SQL Server 2012 Page Life Expectancy resets to 0 after about 50 days

I've noticed an odd behavior on a 2-server HA cluster and I was hoping someone could confirm my suspicion, or maybe offer some other explanation... Here is my setup: A 2-server SQL 2012 SP1 ...
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Setting READ UNCOMMITTED when reading DMVs

I've seen several people call SET TRANSACTION ISOLATION LEVEL READ UNCOMMITTED before reading system DMVs. Is there ever any reason to do this, assuming you aren't mixing calls to DMVs and tables in ...
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SQL Server database size didn't decrease after deleting large number of rows.

I'm no good in SQL, but I've got a database to maintain. There's almost no place left for it, so I've decided to delete all the data for, let's say, year 2008. After executing delete query (had ...
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Trouble With Database Permissions for sp_send_mail

I am trying to send database mail but I am getting EXECUTE permission denied on the object 'sp_send_dbmail' database 'msdb', schema 'dbo'.. I code I am running is as follows: SELECT SUSER_NAME(), ...
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SQL Server: hierarchy of permissions for schema?

We have several databases under development and I would like to start using SQL Server schemas for permission management and logical grouping of database objects. Under Schema Properties there is ...
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Limiting database security

A number of texts signify that the most important aspects offered by a DBMS are availability, integrity and secrecy. As part of a homework assignment I have been tasked with mentioning attacks which ...
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Creating Users on secondary server in log shipping

I have a production Server say ServerA I have setup log shipping to ServerB which is left in read-only mode. The purpose of this log shipping is to lower the load on production server for some ...
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How to select top 10 records from each category [duplicate]

I have a table with fields Hour, PathId, Duration, Event, CellId, Channel I have 50+ CellId. Each CellId has four PathId (i.e. 0, 1, 2, 3). Each PathId has many Events and Durations. Now I want to ...
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How to know when/if I have too many indexes?

Running Microsoft SQL Server Profiler every now and then, it suggests me with a bunch of new indexes and statistics to create ("...97% estimated improvement..."). From my understanding every added ...
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Can't find process that is creating backups

We have an instance of SQL Server 2008 installed on a customer server. The customer's IT department is in charge of the various backups of the machine. The SQL Server log shows there is a full backup ...
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Are the cost percentages in this SQL Server plan over 100% for a valid reason?

I'm looking through the plan cache, looking for low-hanging optimization fruit and came across this snippet: Why are many of the costs listed above 100% ? Shouldn't that be impossible?
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Find which session is holding which temporary table

We have a SQL Server 2005 database the temp database has become full. By going into SQL Server Management Studio I can see all the temporary tables in the tempdb. Is it possible to tell which session ...
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Issues with TempDB mdf file ever increasing

I have a tempdb growth issue. Let me preface everything by giving my tempdb settings. Even with no queries running on the database/server tempdb keeps on increasing in size, at first rapidly and ...
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Storage order vs Result order

This is a spin-off question from Sort order specified in primary key, yet sorting is executed on SELECT. @Catcall says this on the subject of storage order (clustered index) and the output order ...
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Convert varchar column to datetime

In SQL Server, I have a varchar column with value such as: 07/May/2012:00:06:22 07/May/2012:00:06:22 07/May/2012:00:06:22 07/May/2012:00:06:22 07/May/2012:00:06:22 QUESTIONS How do I convert ...
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Why has my database connection failed?

Recently I have developed software using SQL Server 2012. Now when I try to connect, I get this error message: Cannot connect to AAFI\SQLEXPRESSA network-related or instance-specific error ...
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Automatically restore SQL Server database from file from another server

We have a daily task to overwrite a number of development databases using backups of the associated production databases. The backups are produced by maintenance plans on the production server then ...
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Copy database to local from server [duplicate]

As I show , I have server database version-10.50.1600 and local database version-10.0.1600 . How can I copy database (with all tables and data(s)) from server to local which has different version ? ...
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Conversion of varchar data to datetime failing

We are in the process of moving data from a legacy table (all varchar fields) into a strongly typed counterpart cue cheering As part of this effort, we are taking data from the base Entity table and ...
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DBA Tasks ( SQL Server 2008 ) - Recommendation - Maintenance plan

I'm a JR DBA on a big company. I was hired 6 months ago, and I'm learning things really fast (I'm the only DBA here). The old DBA left servers and SQL Server instances for me, to take care of it. ...
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How to copy backup files to remote share in SQL Server Agent job without AD/domain accounts involvement?

MS SQL Server 2012... with nightly databases backups to the same/local as SQL Server machine... I am trying to add another SQL Server Agent Job to copy the .bak files to remote (non-windows, i.e. ...
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Which database could handle storage of billions/trillions of records?

We are looking at developing a tool to capture and analyze netflow data, of which we gather tremendous amounts of. Each day we capture about ~1.4 billion flow records which would look like this in ...
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How to make a transition from SQL Server DBA to Oracle?

As an interest, if I would to transition from a SQL Server DBA to Oracle what will be the major learning or unlearning that I would have to do? I would assume the concepts are the same and the ...
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As a DBA, how would I go about transitioning from Oracle to SQL Server?

I'm an Oracle DBA that also has Sybase experience. What are the major architectural and conceptual differences between the two RDBMS platforms? An answer similar to the SQl Server->Oracle question ...
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Clustering vs. transactional replication vs. availability groups

Assuming you need to make sure your application that relies on SQL Server 2012 as its database backend is available around the clock, even if one server machine fails. As a developer and not a DBA, I ...
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What is the difference between a “record” and a “row” in SQL Server?

There was a rather innocuous question about adding dates and times in SQL Server that set off a rather fascinating taxonomic debate. So how do we differentiate between these related terms and how we ...
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SQL Server suspect database?

What do you do when you have a database that is marked as 'suspect'? Restore from the last backup? Please advise. Thank you!
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SQL Server “empty table” is slow after deleting all (12 million) records?

I have a SQL Server 2008 instance with approximately 150 columns. I have previously populated this table with approximately 12 million entries, but have since cleared the table in preparation for a ...
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High Disk I/O from sql server or is High disk I/O slowing sql server?

I've been arguing with a DBA and a couple hardware guys about performance issues on our SQL server. Normally everything is fine, however over the past few weeks we have been having huge lag spikes in ...
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What's the easiest way to create a temp table in SQL Server that can hold the result of a stored procedure?

Many times I need to write something like the following when dealing with SQL Server. create table #table_name ( column1 int, column2 varchar(200) ... ) insert into #table_name execute ...
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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?