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Not able to create SSISDB catalog

Getting the error below while trying to create a catalog in sql server 2014 integration services. Any idea what I missed in installation or anywhere else? The catalog backup file 'C:\Program ...
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How to get server cpu, memory, network usage from SQL Server

For reporting purposes, I want to get SQL Server box CPU, memory, network (not SQL Server process alone) and show it in report. Do you have any idea how to pull this? My initial thoughts are run wmi ...
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Query to find GUID's “not in” null containing subquery returns no results

When I have a query that checks if a column of type uniqueidentifer does not exist in a table that has a null value then I get no results back. If the subquery does not return a null it works fine and ...
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Should all queries where you expect a specific order, include an ORDER BY clause?

In order to better understand the SQL Server query processor, I've been thinking about how the ORDER BY clause works, and how SQL Server provides results. It appears SQL Server will provide results ...
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Restore a Database into a Current Database and merge

I want to know how, or if it is possible, to backup a database then should the user wish, restore that database at a later date and merge it with the one they are currently using. Both Databases will ...
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Shrinking log file

Some of the sql log files (idf) are hugh like 5gb. Found a article (http://extended64.com/blogs/rhoffman/archive/2009/06/11/shrink-sql-server-2008-database-log-file-script.aspx) but not sure why he ...
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Is SQL Server Backup single or multi-threaded?

If you perform a... BACKUP DATABASE [DB_Name] TO DISK=N'c:\backups\db_name.bak' WITH STATS=10 Will that perform a single or multi-threaded write? Our Server support company advised us that if we ...
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What is the most efficient way to concatenate strings in SQL Server?

I have this code: DECLARE @MyTable AS TABLE ( [Month] INT, Salary INT ); INSERT INTO @MyTable VALUES (1,2000), (1,3100); SELECT [Month], Salary FROM @MyTable; Output: I want to concat ...
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How to speed up a multiple select query

EDIT - Putting my whole stored procedure: I have the below stored procedure: CREATE PROCEDURE [dbo].[data_Update] @Owner NVARCHAR(255), @ID VARCHAR(255), @Division VARCHAR(255), @Manager ...
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Autogrowth - Percentage Use?

Is it best not to use Percentage file growth for autogrowth settings? The below recommends using percent value growth for databases under 500GB but is this recommended? ...
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Moving SQL Server 2012 Database to SQL Server 2008 R2

I follow the answer of Mr. Kin in this post How to move a database from SQL Server 2012 to SQL Server 2005 I run the query without errors, but when I check my blank database created on SQL Server ...
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Managing logins with Availabilty Groups

I have created a user on my primary node that has access to all of the databases in Availability Group AG1. How do I ensure that same user has the same rights on all the other replicas in AG1? ...
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Restoring a differential backup in SQL server 2005

I have created a full back up of my database by executing the line below in my application: Dim Query As String = "backup database Ari to disk='G:\Documents and Settings\i\Desktop\BKAR\" & ...
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Why does a VIEW with a CLUSTERED index not use the index?

I have a view that has a clustered index along with other non-clustered indexes. A simple SELECT query does not use any of the indexes even when I select an indexed column. What could be the ...
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What risks are there if we enable read committed snapshot in sql-server?

I have read here that some extra data will be stored per row so we might see a performance degradation but what other risks are there? eg. Will this affect recovery of the database? Is there anything ...
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How to the get current date without the time part

In SQL Server 2005 how do I get the current date without the time part? I have been using GETDATE() but would like it to have a time of 00:00:00.0
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What are the best practices for running SQL Server in a Virtual Machine?

What are the best practices for running SQL Server in a Virtual Machine? My on-line transaction activities are very low, but there is a high amount of data processing for the purpose of providing ...
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Running total with count?

As the title suggests I need some help getting a running total in T-SQL. The problem is that the sum I need to do is the sum of a count: sum(count (distinct (customers))) Say if I ran the count ...
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How can I track database dependencies?

As internal applications evolve over a number of years, you occasionally find there are a number of tables that people believe are no longer relevant and want to cull. What are the practical methods ...
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Trigger in combination with transaction

Suppose we have the following situation: We have a table (let's say Table_A), wich has a trigger on INSERT. The trigger job is to update some rows in table_B based on the inserted values in table_A. ...
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SQL Server 2012 slower than 2008

I migrated a large website and database from an older server (Windows 2008 / SQL Server 2008 / 16 GB RAM / 2 x 2.5 GHz Quad Core / SAS disks) to a newer, much better server (Windows 2008 R2 / SQL ...
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Why is using a table variable more than twice as fast as a #temp table in this specific case?

I was looking at the article here Temporary Tables vs. Table Variables and Their Effect on SQL Server Performance and on SQL Server 2008 was able to reproduce similar results to those shown there for ...
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How can I tell if a SQL Server database is still being used?

We're looking to decommission a SQL Server instance which has a couple databases still remaining on it. How can I tell if they are still being used by users or a web application? I found a forum ...
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Connection pools being reset with Error: 18056, Severity: 20, State: 46. & Perfmon Counters not showing

We are using SQL authentication & .net 4.0 Connection strings to connect to an Enterprise Edition 2012 SP1 SQL Server on a windows 2008r2 Enterprise Server. We use about 50 Servers split into 8 ...
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SQL Server Join/where processing order

After reading Slow SQL query, not sure how to optimize, it got me thinking about the general performance of queries. Surely, we need the results of the first table (when other tables are joined) to be ...
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SQL Server - Separating data, log, and TempDB files on a SAN

I have a SQL Server connected to a SAN. Our new storage vendor recommends that all LUNs span the entire disk array, which is RAID5. I would normally request 3 separate LUNs (data, log, and TempDB) ...
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Why does query error with empty result set in SQL Server 2012?

When running the following queries in MS SQL Server 2012 the second query fails but not the first. Also, when run without the where clauses both queries will fail. I am at a loss why either would fail ...
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Managing concurrency when using SELECT-UPDATE pattern

Let's say you have the following code (please ignore that it's awful): BEGIN TRAN; DECLARE @id int SELECT @id = id + 1 FROM TableA; UPDATE TableA SET id = @id; --TableA must have only one row, ...
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Why does DELETE leave a lingering effect on performance?

At the end is a test script for comparing the performance between a @table variable and a #temp table. I think I've set it up correctly - the performance timings are taken outside of the ...
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Possible attack on my SQL server?

Checking my SQL Server log I see several entries like this: Date: 08-11-2011 11:40:42 Source: Logon Message: Login failed for user 'sa'. Reason: Password did not match for the login provided. ...
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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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SQL Server database design for “archived but available” data

We have this large database (>1TB) that we intend to "shrink". The database revolves around one main entity, let's call it "Visit". For discussion, let's say it is a database for a medical practice. ...
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why is io_stall_writes_ms so much higher for tempdb?

We have the user and system data files on the same disk drive. The ( io_stall_write_ms / ( 1.0 + num_of_writes ) ) is below 2 for the user files but the tempdb files are typically over 400. I see ...
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Is there a better option than Union All for multiple selects from the same row?

Example Schema: CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Base]( [ID] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL, [Option1ID] [int] NULL, [Option2ID] [int] NULL, [Option3ID] [int] NULL, [Option1Name] [varchar] NULL, [Option2Name] ...
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Splitting TempDB into multiples files equal to number of CPUs

The article SQL Server tempdb Best Practices Increase Performance suggests that I should split tempdb into a number of files equal to the number of cores. So for 4 cores you get 4 files. By ...
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SQL Server Primary key / clustered index design decision

Looking for some advice regarding a table / index design decision I've got to make on some tables that I've got to port into SQL server from an existing 4GL based database. I've got a product history ...
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When To Update Statistics?

I've inherited a Maintenance Plans that does the following: Cleanup old data Checks DB integrity Performs Database and Transaction Log Backups Reorganizes Our indexes Updates Statistics Delete old ...
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Why do we need to rebuild and reorganize Indexes in SQL Server

After searching the internet i couldn't find the reason for Why do we need to rebuild and reorganize indexes in SQL Server ? what does internally happens when we rebuild and reorganize ? An ...
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What factors go into an Indexed View's Clustered Index being selected?

Breifly What factors go into they query optimizer's selection of an indexed view's index? For me, indexed views seem to defy what I understand about how the Optimizer picks indexes. I've seen this ...
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High CPU usage on SQL server - Slow queries [closed]

Our MS SQL Server is using about 95% of the CPU-power. After a server (hardware) restart, or a SQL-Service restart, the usage is 0% and slowly increases over the course of 1-3 days. Depending on how ...
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SQL Server 2012 memory consumption outside the buffer pool

I've got an instance of SQL Server 2012 SP2 Enterprise Edition consuming ~20GB of memory higher than the max. memory limit. The instance is limited to 65GB but the physical memory in use from the ...
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SQL Server permissions to create, restore, delete only some databases

On MS SQL Server 2008 R2, I need to have user which can create, restore, DBCC CHECKDB and then drop databases. But he must not be able to access or delete specified databases on server (security ...
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Finding the last time a table was updated

The query: SELECT name AS TableName, create_date AS CreatedDate, modify_date as ModifyDate FROM sys.tables order by ModifyDate; ...will tell me the last time a table was created ...
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Most Efficient Way to Retrieve Date Ranges

What's the most efficient way to retrieve date ranges with a table structure like this? create table SomeDateTable ( id int identity(1, 1) not null, StartDate datetime not null, EndDate ...
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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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Can I add a unique constraint that ignores existing violations?

I have a table which currently has duplicate values in a column. I cannot remove these erroneous duplicates but I would like to prevent additional non-unique values from being added. Can I create a ...
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Why does SQL Server require the datatype length to be the same when using UNPIVOT?

When applying the UNPIVOT function to data that is not normalized, SQL Server requires that the datatype and length be the same. I understand why the datatype must be the same but why does UNPIVOT ...
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How To Profile Stored Procedures

I am using SQL Server 2012 and was wondering how to profile stored procedures For instance can profiler capture each individual SQL statement in a stored procedure, what it is, and how long it takes ...
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SQL server service won’t start after disabling TLS 1.0 and SSL 3.0 [duplicate]

Because of security reasons, we disabled TLS 1.0 and older protocols on our windows, and enabled just TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 under the following registry path: ...
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Is there a reason to update statistics manually?

In SQL Server, statistics are updated automatically when Auto Update Statistics in True (which is the default). Is there a reason to update statistics manually and in what circumstances?