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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SQL Server: what should be done when a process is blocking another process?

I'm an accidental DBA and still learning. When I see from DMV:s or Activity Monitor that some process is blocking another process, what should be done? Should I simply kill those processes or is ...
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Transaction Log maintenance on Mirror database

SQL Server Version: 2008 R2 Enterprise SP2 I am trying to get a handle on our SQL Server maintenance and I came across something I think is incorrect. We have a single production instance with 3 ...
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Pivot rows into multiple columns

I have a SQL Server instance that has a linked server to an Oracle server. There is a table on the Oracle server called PersonOptions which contains the following data: ╔══════════╦══════════╗ ║ ...
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How to Optimise Query

I have a database structure similar to this, CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Dispatch]( [DispatchId] [int] NOT NULL, [ContractId] [int] NOT NULL, [DispatchDescription] [nvarchar](50) NOT NULL, ...
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Passing in the table into a stored procedure

Is it possible to pass in the name of a table into a stored procedure? For example, suppose you have several views of the same table. They all have the exact same structure. You want a store ...
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Recover accidentally deleted rows from a table

My client has accidentally deleted all the records of a table from a test database. This test database is in SQL Server 2005 Express and we don't have a backup. Is it possible to restore the deleted ...
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Guarantee SQL Server Identity Columns that two consecutive values differ by constant increments?

I posed a question about Denali sequences here and another question about emulation of identity columns in Oracle Global Tables here. I always thought that I could trust that identity values ...
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Why is a .bak so much smaller than the database it's a backup of?

I just took a backup of a SQL Server database. The MDF and LDF files together total around 29 GB, but the .bak file was only 23 GB, about 20% smaller. My first guess when one version of a set of ...
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What is the easiest way to move data from Oracle to SQL Server?

One of our products supports both Oracle and SQL Server as database backend. We have a customer who wishes to switch from an Oracle backend to Microsoft SQL Server, which isn't a typical transition ...
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How and when does SQL Agent update next_run_date/next_run_time values?

I've been working on code in T-SQL to add new schedules to a SQL Agent job using the sp_add_jobschedule proc in the msdb database. When I add a new schedule (typically a run-once at a specific ...
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Pros/Cons Using multiple databases vs using single database

Working on a new project which has the requirement to use 7 databases. Arguing performance, stability, optimization is easier implemented. While I don't agree I'm having trouble collecting good ...
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SQL Server - Tempdb data/log file placement

Currently we got TEMPDB Data (number of data files:2) and LOG file on same drive. On monitoring we have found I/O issues on TempDB. We got an extra drive available - should we move the TempDB Log ...
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Test if any fields are NULL

I'm trying to figure out an easy query I can do to test if a large table has a list of entries that has at least ONE blank (NULL / empty) value in ANY column. I need something like SELECT * FROM ...
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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: How to create a table that fills one 8 KB page?

Is there a way to calculate the amount of data that fills one 8 KB page in SQL Server and create a table that fills one page entirely? This kind of table is presented in in this blog post.
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What is the correct way to ensure unique entries in a temporal database design?

I'm having trouble with the design of a temporal database. I need to know how to make sure I have only one active record for any given timeframe for a store. I have read this answer, but I'm afraid I ...
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Server permissions of an activation stored procedure of a Server Broker queue

I have a stored procedure that queries the sys.dm_exec_requests view. In the stored procedure the view only returns one row, while the stored procedure needs to see all of them. The MSDN article on ...
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How to Audit for Access with Cross Database Ownership Chaining

I've just joined the data team of a new company and we have a large SQL Server environment (100+ instances) and cross database ownership chaining is on by what I gather is a necessity. I'm looking for ...
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SQL query to return a column per date in date range?

Let me explain what I've got and what I'm trying to achieve. Let's say I have Table A: BookingsPerPerson Person_Id ArrivalDate DepartureDate 123456 2012-01-01 2012-01-04 213415 ...
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Analysing A Query Plan

Why is the following query slow? select count(*) from [dbo].[mt_dispatch_link] , [dbo].[_mt_dispatch] [_mt_dispatch] where (mt_dispatch_link.contract_id_1 = _mt_dispatch.contract_id ...
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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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Improve performance by partitioning

I'm using SQL Server 2012. I’m using CTE to create an orders table from the items table. The final count for the orders table is around 120 million. It is taking about 2 hours for the whole process. ...
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Set permissions on all objects for SQL users

I have a procedure that loops through all objects in the database and assigns them proper permissions to that object. I want to know if there is a better way to do this? I use a model database to ...
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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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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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SQL Server nvarchar(max) vs nvarchar(n) affects performance

This is SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2. I have 2 tables. Both are identical (data and indexing), except the first table has a VALUE column as nvarchar(max) and the second has the same column as ...
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INT or CHAR for a Type Field

What is the best design for a table, a Type field that is of int or char(1)? In other words, given this schema: create table Car ( Name varchar(100) not null, Description varchar(100) not ...
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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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Handling exceptions in stored procedures called using insert-exec blocks

I have a stored procedure that is called in an insert-exec block: insert into @t exec('test') How can I handle exceptions generated in the stored procedure and still continue processing? The ...
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Why does “SELECT POWER(10.0, 38.0);” throw an arithmetic overflow error?

I'm updating my IDENTITY overflow check script to account for DECIMAL and NUMERIC IDENTITY columns. As part of the check I compute the size of the data type's range for every IDENTITY column; I use ...
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How to free SQL Server memory?

I have a SQL Server sandbox installation on my local computer. I have set the memory SQL Server instance can use to 1000 mb. When running an intensive operation, memory usage rises up to 1000 mb. When ...
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When was Torn Page Detection and Checksum introduced to SQL Server and what are the upgrade behaviors?

There are two different options in modern SQL Server for page verify; being Torn Page Detection and Checksum. None is also of course an option. I believe Checksum was introduced in SQL Server 2005 ...
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Why does the order of parameters matter for sp_trace_create?

The first batch of the following script calls stored procedure sp_trace_create with parameters in documentation order; the second batch swaps the positions of parameters @tracefile and @options: ...
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Scheduled backup task doesn't always backup all databases despite always saying job successful

I have a job in SQL 2008 that runs a stored proc to backup all databases. This runs daily via sql server agent job. It quits with success every day but some days it quits with success only after ...
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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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What is the actual behavior of compatibility level 80?

Could somebody provide me with a better insight about the compatibility mode feature? It is behaving different than I expected. As far as I understand compatibility modes, it is about the ...
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How to back up a small database in SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Edition

I will shortly be migrating a database from SQL Server 2000 (part of SBS 2003) to SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Edition The database is small, and there are only a few hundred short transactions per day ...
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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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Backup very large table

I have to update certain values of a large table (for the sake of a presumed example, it is called 'Resource' and it is over 5M rows) and thus I have to make a backup before performing the changes. We ...
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How does SQL Server order results when joins are used?

How does SQL Server figure out the order of the records in the result set of query execution? I am trying to make heads or tails of it but find myself scratching my head. When I change the fields I ...
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SQL Server virtual log size

I'm somewhat of an accidental DBA, being a developer who inherited a couple of database servers (2005 and 2008) from someone who knew little about database administration, and seemingly had even less ...
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How can I save a severely fragmented database/table?

I've recently made a discovery that might explain my slow SQL run times. I found out that the default in SSMS is to allow mdf growth of 1MB at a time. When the size of one table alone is roughly 23 ...
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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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Using MSDTC in SQL Server 2008

I used Hyper-v to install one windows 2008 server machine, and copy the image to create another one and change the computer name, both of them are in the same domain, and I use a domain user as ...
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Deadlocks in SQL Server

We're currently encountering a problem with out ASP.NET Application that results in deadlocks on the SQL Server database. A bit of background information I can provide is that we rely heavy on AJAX ...
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Does SQL Server place shared locks on scanned records when using REPEATABLE READ

Assume a SQLCmd session which is using transaction isolation level REPEATABLE READ. In this session I start a transaction and execute an UPDATE statement with a WHERE clause on a non indexed column. ...
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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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How to update one database from another?

I'm using SQL Server 2008. I have two databases called Adb and Bdb. There is a common table called commonTable. How can I update Adb database every 15 minutes using the data from the same table in ...
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SQL Server log shrinking Issue [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why Does the Transaction Log Keep Growing or Run Out of Space? I have a 300 GB database log in our SQL Server. I want to shrink all the logs but it is not allowing me to ...
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Cross-database call fails in a job but succeeds in SSMS

I create two databases, a table in the second database and a stored procedure in the first database. The stored procedure cross-database accesses the table. I create a sql server login and I also map ...