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 equivalent to functionality of Oracle RAC? [closed]

I did some Googling and couldn't find an answer to this question more recent than a few years ago, so I thought I'd ask. Oracle's RAC feature offers load-balancing for both read and write ...
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Definitive list of steps for SQL Server baseline testing?

Before running a performance test / baseline for an app that uses SQL Server, I want to be able to set the instance to a "clean" state, without restarting the instance. There are steps I tend to ...
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How badly do SQL Compilations impact the performance of SQL Server?

I am profiling an instance of a SQL Server 2005 and I, via PerfMon's SQLServer:SQL Statistics - SQL Compilations/sec metric, I see that the average is about 170 or so. I whipped out SQL Profiler ...
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Is there any collection of PowerShell scripts that help the task of SQL Server maintenance?

I've been studying PowerShell and I've been (slowly) getting it into my day-to-day DBA tasks. So far I've seen a bunch of disconnected PowerShell scripts for many disparate administration activities. ...
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How to prevent transaction log getting full during index reorganize?

We have multiple machines where we have pre allocated the size of the transaction log to 50gb. The size of the table that I am trying to reorganize is 55 - 60 gb but is going to continuously increase. ...
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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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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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How can I eliminate this costly index seek operation from my query?

I have two tables in Sql Server 2008 that look something like this: Transaction_Details: Dataset, Department, Charge_ID, Transaction_Type, dos_month, post_month, amount ...
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Why should I create an ID column when I can use others as key fields? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why use an int as a lookup table's primary key? So far, I'm accustomed to creating an ID column for every table and it is practical in a way that it makes me not ...
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How do I copy a table with SELECT INTO but ignore the IDENTITY property?

I have a table with identity column say: create table with_id ( id int identity(1,1), val varchar(30) ); It's well known, that this select * into copy_from_with_id_1 from with_id; results in ...
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How to change SQL Server collation

How could I change the SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Default Collation for the whole server and a particular database? Is there a way to do it using visual interface of SQL Server Management Studio? In ...
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Can foreign keys cause deadlocks and hinder READ COMMITTED SNAPSHOT?

This is a followup question from: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7684477/is-it-possible-to-set-transaction-isolation-level-snapshot-automatically I'm still having deadlock/timeout situations in ...
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Restore database excluding FILESTREAM data

Context We are developing a system with a large-ish database in the bottom. It is an MS SQL database running on SQL Server 2008 R2. The total size of the database is about 12 GB. Out of these, ...
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SQL Server Cache Flush and Disk I/O

We're busy load testing an OLTP system we've developed in .NET 4.0 and runs SQL Server 2008 R2 in the back. The system uses SQL Server Service Broker queues, which are very performant, but we are ...
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Optimization: Moving variable declarations to the top of your procedure

While working on optimizing some stored procedures, I sat down with the DBA and went through some sprocs with high blocking and/or high read/write activity. One thing the DBA mentioned was I should ...
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What's a good SQL Server backup schedule?

There seems to be a plethora of information regarding the process of setting up backup tasks, but not much information about the big-picture view of database backups. At least, it's hard to formulate ...
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alert when any job in a job category fails

Is it possible to set up an alert in SQL Server 2008 that will send an e-mail anytime a job in a specific category fails? I am wondering because I would like to set up an e-mail anytime an SSRS ...
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SQL Server LocalDB Instance; error restoring backup (MasterDBPath not available)

I have SQL Server 2012 Local DB Installed, and am connecting to it via (localdb)\v11.0. When trying to restore a backup file, I get: TITLE: Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Property ...
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Improve performance of sys.dm_db_index_physical_stats

During a maintenance job, I'm trying to get a list of fragmented indexes. But the query is extremely slow and takes over 30 minutes to execute. I think this is due to a remote scan on ...
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How do I run a batch file from a scheduled Job via SQL Server Agent

I'm attempting to run a (Windows) batch file from within a SQL Server agent job under SQL Server 2008 R2. In the Job Steps, I've created a new step, set its type to "Operating system (CmdExec)". I ...
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Generate script to automate renaming of default constraints

Background: Some of our default column constraints were generated without explicit names, so we get fun names that vary from server to server like: DF__User__TimeZoneIn__5C4D869D I would prefer to ...
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Will the transaction log shrink automagically in SQL Server?

When SQL Server database in a SIMPLE mode, you don't have to care about the transaction log bakcups. But in a SIMPLE mode, the transaction log seems to grow as it does in FULL mode. Does is truncate ...
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Get MS SQL Server to release disk space

A poorly managed database table has grown to be enormous. 48+gigs of orphan records. I am trying to clean it up and put my dangerously full hard drive back to a normal state. I will be deleting approx ...
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T-SQL query to report disk space allocation and used space for auto-grow SAN databases

We are using 6 databases in total for an application, and we can only share 4TB of space for all 6 databases (via SAN storage). I'd like to write a query (report) for a single database indicating the ...
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How can I prove that the following T-SQL is bad for performance?

I have recently inherited a codebase with a large amount of Stored Procedures. The system they are supporting is encountering numerous performance problems which I am looking in to. A number of the ...
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Find orphaned users

In SQL Server 2005, is there a way to find users that either don't exist at the server level (an account that was deleted at server level but wasn't disassociated from databases before it was deleted) ...
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SQL Server load balancing

What exists today to do Microsoft SQL Server Load Balancing on Windows Server and being transparent to any programatic access. Is this built in or does a solution have to be purchased? I'm trying to ...
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How do I run a large script with many inserts without running out of memory?

Question: I have a script with around 45 thousand insert from select statements. When I try and run it, I get an error message stating that I have run out of memory. How can I get this script to run? ...
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Sql Server database in recovery: How to stop, Take ofline or delete?

I have a development database which has entered recovery mode on restart, and has been recovering for the last hour or so. I need to either stop the recovery, or kill it in some way. I dont care one ...
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How to efficiently check EXISTS on multiple columns?

This is an issue I come up against periodically and have not yet found a good solution for. Supposing the following table structure CREATE TABLE T ( A INT PRIMARY KEY, B CHAR(1000) NULL, C ...
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Anybody using HierarchyId in production? Is it reliable?

Is anybody using HierarchyId in real production with tables of reasonable size, more than a few thousand rows? Is it reliable/performant? So far I have not found anyone not affiliated with the vendor ...
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Does restarting SQL Server speed it up?

I have noticed that some DBAs restart SQL Server very frequently, sometimes even nightly. I believe they do it to free up some memory, or perhaps to speed up queries too. I know that after a restart ...
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What's the anatomy of a columnstore index?

One of the new features in SQL Server 2012 codenamed Denali is the Columnstore index. I know a good bit about regular old row-store indexes, like the b-tree structure, differences in storage between ...
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Understanding MS SQL Server encryption and backups

So I was asking in chat about how secure SQL Server backup files are. I'm told that if an attacker has access to the .bak file unencrypted that they can have access to the data. So lets look at ...
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Storing massive amounts of data from a sensor array

I have been tasked to implement a solution (app and db) to store the data samples from a huge sensor array. The array currently consists of about 20,000 sensors, but that is soon going to grow, up to ...
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Why is Clustered Index Scan Number of Executions so high?

I have two similar queries that generate the same query plan, except that one query plan executes a Clustered Index Scan 1316 times, while the other executes it 1 time. The only difference between ...
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Does it make sense to use SQL Server's bracket notation in hand written code?

Code generators tend to be simpler when they generate output using the new Microsoft bracket notation ([]) for nearly everything. When I first saw it, I though wow a reincarnation of the somewhat ...
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SQL Server - Changing a column from NOT NULL to NULL - What's going on under the hood?

We have a table with 2.3B rows in it. We'd like to change a column from NOT NULL to NULL. The column is contained in one index (not the clustered or PK index). The data type isn't changing (it's an ...
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Visualizing SQL Server Extended Events data

Lately I've been exploring using Extended Events in SQL Server to help me benchmark and optimize various queries. So far, to view the event data I have been using the "Watch Live Data" feature in ...
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Why are non-digits LIKE [0-9]?

My server's default collation is Latin1_General_CI_AS, as determined by this query: SELECT SERVERPROPERTY('Collation') AS Collation; I was surprised to discover that with this collation I can match ...
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Interpreting SQL Server's Showplan XML

I just rolled out a feature on my site http://sqlfiddle.com that allows users to view the raw execution plans for their queries. In the case of PostgreSQL, MySQL, and (to some extent) Oracle, looking ...
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Where is SQLCMD.EXE in SQL Server 2014 Express?

Using "SQLCMD.EXE" to back up my SQL Server Express databases for years I just discovered that after installing the 2014 version, I found no SQLCMD.EXE anymore. In previous versions it was located at ...
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Does SQL Sentry Plan Explorer work?

Does SQL Sentry Plan Explorer work as advertised and is it legitimate? Are there any gotchas or something to be concerned about? It looks like it shows the hot path in color commpared to SSMS's ...
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How to optimise T-SQL query using Execution Plan

I have a SQL query that I have spent the past two days trying to optimise using trial-and-error and the execution plan, but to no avail. Please forgive me for doing this but I will post the entire ...
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What are Measures and Dimensions in Cubes

I'm very new to Microsoft Sql Server Business Intelligence and Analysis Service(but I'm programming for years with SQL Server).Can any one describe Measures and Dimensions in Cubes in Simple words(If ...
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Equality query on NVARCHAR column yields multiple results in SQL Server 2012

I am in the process of moving a pet project from PostgreSQL (9.2.2) to SQL Server (2012 Standard). I've noticed an interesting phenomenon when querying unicode words. Given the definition: CREATE ...
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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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Performance Hit using CAST() in TSQL (SQL Server)?

We have a SQL generator that emits SQL conditional statements generically for specified fields (which for the sake of discussion: we will label as myField). So, if myField is of type NVARCHAR, we ...
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Slow temp table drops in sql 2005

I've run into a problem on our production sql server where temp table objects take a long time to drop (obvious when small and synchronous drop is used). I can't reproduce this on other sql servers ...
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Pros and Cons of SQL Server back up strategies and their appropriate usage scenarios

From what I can tell, there are three possible ways of backing up your SQL Server database Full backup Differential backup Log Shipping What are the pros and cons of each strategy and in what ...