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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After moving database (backup, restore), I have to re-add user

I occasionally move a database (SQL Express 2012) from a development machine to a server, or vice versa, using database backup and restore in SQL Server Management Studio. Whenever I do this, the ...
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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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Is it possible to increase query performance on a narrow table with millions of rows?

I have a query that is currently taking an average of 2500ms to complete. My table is very narrow, but there are 44 million rows. What options do I have to improve performance, or is this as good 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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In case of multiple updates of the same record in a single transaction, how many versions are being stored?

According to MSDN article by Kimberly L. Tripp, Neal Graves's "SQL Server 2005 Row Versioning-Based Transaction Isolation "... All the earlier versions of a particular record are chained in a linked ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Are resource_semaphore_query_compile waits causing 100% CPU on server?

Of late, the cpu usage on the db server is consistently at 100%. Even at 2 in the night when there is almost no traffic on the website and the load is negligible. While trying to find the root ...
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SQL performance issues with remote query across linked server

This sproc create proc dbo.Get_Accounts as begin declare @current_date datetime set @current_date = dbo.fn_currdate() select [fields] into dbo.current_accounts from ...
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Is there a way to execute sql statement in sql server based on sql server version?

I would like to create computed index on a table if sql server is 2008 or newer and a simple index if sql server is 2005 or older: -- check for sql server version if (select ...
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Why do row-versioning isolations use a linked list of versions of record? [closed]

Trying to better understand row-versioning based transaction isolations in SQL Server... According to Kimberly L. Tripp, Neal Graves's "SQL Server 2005 Row Versioning-Based Transaction Isolation": ...
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SQL Server 2012 CPU spike due to LinkedServer - how to find the offending query?

As part of another question (SQL Server 2012 performance issues (maybe due to linked server)) I've identified a CPU spike to be directly related to a spike in Bytes Received, which leads me to believe ...
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Query (duration) different between data value change

I am trying to write a query that would get me the duration of a status in a table. This query needs to work in SQL Server 2008. Say I have the following table: Key Value RecordDate 1 1 ...
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What is the best permissions to set for only creating and managing own databases?

I want to create a login for a new user who could only create and manage their own databases. Other databases on the server should be read-only to that user. What would be a good set of ...
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Providing access to the SQL server database for outside developers

I am beginning a project that will involve insert and updates to a sql server database from a website. I maintain the SQL server database and am providing access to the sql server db. My plan is to ...
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SQL Server media belongs to which edition

Could anyone please help me on below question? Without installing SQL Server media 2008 and 2012, how can we know that the media belongs to which edition (like developer, standard or ...
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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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Real Time SQL Server Analysis Services Cube Processing Report

I would like to know if there is a way to generate a report to determine which SQL Server Analysis Services cubes are processing using SQL Server Reporting Services? I would like to be able to run ...
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Save history editable data RDBMS

I want to make application like testing system. Every question has one or many variant of answers (and one or many can be right). I apologize that tutors and students use my testing system. It means ...
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Wrong behavior in Backups

Checking my Native backup this morning something wierd happened. I will describe the problem here. 1) The msdb table backup set shows me the backup was done successfully. 2) The errorlog shows me ...
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Distribution database compatibility level

Using SQL Server transactional replication with a distributor on 2008R2, and publishers/subscribers all on SQL 2005. Does the compatibility level of the distribution database matter? Should it be ...
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ProcessID Owner with third party app

I am having problems trying to audit a third party app with a SQLServer backend. The app manages users and user access via a SQL table, using a single SQL login to access the databases. I am trying ...
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ALTER TABLE SWITCH statement failed

ALTER TABLE SWITCH statement failed because column does not have the same ANSI trimming semantics in tables... Does anyone knows how to fix that on already existing table full of data? Well, I've ...
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Why might Sql Server Agent's Next Run Time value not be what I expect? And is this definitely the next time my job will run?

At times, I'm seeing some inconsistencies with sql server agent's value in the sysjobschedules.next_run_date and time fields. I have a web interface that interacts with the sql scheduling system. ...
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What does this SQL Server icon mean?

What does the icon of a server with a blue database symbol mean?
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Improve Performance -Update query with OR in WHERE

How do we improve this Update query Performance as currently it is taking 1 Minute to update 17643 Rows. Query -> Declare @date datetime = '09-Dec-2013' update #tmp_sp_abc set ...
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Once more about SQL Server virtual accounts

Let me reboot my question on SQL Server virtual accounts permissions The (same) MSDN article on the same version 2012 of SQL Server "Configure Windows Service Accounts and Permissions" states: ...
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SQL Server agent option in SQL Server Express

I am using SQL Server 2008 Express. I don't have SQL Server Agent option in it. How can I enable it? I have searched on internet, but couldn't find anything. Do I need to install anything? Please ...
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Snapshot for transactional replication taking too long for large database

I want to establish a transaction replication of a large database (200GB). But when I create the publisher and the snapshot agent starts, it takes very very long time and it sticks on the following ...
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scramble the value of one column and unscramble it?

I want to change all the values in one column, as it is a production database and I don't want to give the data to testers without obfuscation. Example: Name Name ---- --> ...
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How to push the data from database?

I want to push the data from database to application instead of application pull the data.I have installed ms sql server and apache tomcat server. I have my application in apache tomcat, here I made ...