Transact-SQL (T-SQL) is a dialect of SQL used by Microsoft SQL Server and SAP's Sybase.

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What is an industry standard method for verifying openquery connection is open prior to running queries?

I'm a programmer, but this question is more specifically related to databases so I'm posting it among this community. It could very well cross over into stackoverflow as well. I'm seeking an ...
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What is SQL/PSM and how does it differ from other versions of SQL?

I have searched SQL/PSM and I have learned that it stands for 'Structured Query Language/Persistent Stored Modules', but what I want to understand is what that really is and how it differs from T-SQL ...
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How to start and then stop one cyclic process

I have to start cyclic process in a stored procedure and then have to stop it after some time (after 12-24 hours). Stored procedure's work should not be started twice. SQL Server client (caller) ...
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Logical operators OR AND in condition and order of conditions in WHERE

Let's examine these two statements: IF (CONDITION 1) OR (CONDITION 2) ... IF (CONDITION 3) AND (CONDITION 4) ... If CONDITION 1 is TRUE, will CONDITION 2 be checked? If CONDITION 3 is FALSE, will ...
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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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T-sql: Select most specific match from table

Apologies for the horrible title. I couldn't come up with a better way to briefly describe the problem. Here's the scenario: Users can set up service instructions to be attached to a work order ...
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Cannot reproduce client SQL 2008R2 error: subqueries are not allowed

EDIT: My question is not "how do I work around the failure?", my question is "why is the failure occurring?" We have a client that reports error "1046 subqueries are not allowed in this context. Only ...
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How do I row count into groups?

I have records with a bit field that are in an order how do I group them in sets of 3. For example if my first three rows have bit fields 0,1,0 I want them in set 0, the next 3 are 1,0,0 I want them ...
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SELECT INTO creates a new table?

I have an original table MessageQueue with six columns. When I try to do a SELECT INTO that table it creates a new (local) table called <network domain\user name>.MessageQueue with only three ...
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How to get text for default language

I have so tables: and so data at Language table: and so data at Text table: I have to return text for requested language if it exists and text for default language if it does not exist. Is it ...
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Generating large strings for test data

I was recently trying to create some large strings containing generic test data for a question here. It seems that I used to know of a way to multiply a string. However, I can no longer remember the ...
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Why is `SELECT @@IDENTITY` returning a decimal?

I'm using Dapper to execute the following query against a SQL Server 2008 R2 Express instance from a ASP.NET MVC 3 (.NET 4.0) application. INSERT INTO Customers ( Type, Name, Address, ...
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Does T-SQL MOVE actually move the database, or just copy?

I'm a bit confused over the T-SQL command MOVE. I have a statement saying: MOVE N'Prod_Database_Data' TO N'C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL10.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\DATA\Test_Database.mdf' ...
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When are procedural queries absolutely necessary?

I know that we tend to avoid cursors and loops within SQL Server at every cost, but what are some of the situations where you absolutely need procedural queries, and set-based queries just will not ...
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Getting current date as part of an Stored Procedure

I have the following SP: SELECT moncallAdd.FirstListing, DATEADD(MINUTE, mOnCallAdd.StartOnCallTime, DATEADD(DAY, mOnCallAdd.StartOnCallDate, '12/31/1899')) AS OnCallStart, ...
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Difference between EXEC() and sp_executesql with no parameters?

I just learned about the new sp_executesql stored procedure. I like the fact that there's a way to execute parameterized code from within SQL Server. But, I'm wondering what the difference is ...
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Find all ancestor nodes of a HierarchyId using a single SQL statement?

I'm trying to find a way to get all ancestor nodes of a given node using HierarchyID. Every solution I've seen using HierarchyID seems to use either a CTE or a variable. Is there a way to do this ...
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Creating a new role

How do I create a new role in my database with my first name which is Denise, and add read only access on the HR user's EMPLOYEES table to this role.
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Determine free space on “nonfixed” drive

I am writing a stored procedure that needs to send an email when a dvd rw drive is almost full. I found master.sys.xp_fixeddrives but it only shows free disk space for fixed hard drives. I have not ...
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Filters Joins or Where clauses TSQL

Where should i put the filters on a tsql query SELECT a.colum FROM A JOIN B ON A.ID = B.ID AND B.STATUS = 1 OR SELECT a.colum FROM A JOIN B ON A.ID = B.ID WHERE B.STATUS = 1 Im ...
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How can I store function names to be executed on a subset of rows?

I have a table, accounts, which contains the vast majority of the data I am concerned with. accountTypes contains different types of accounts (Business, Personal, etc.). I want to perform calculations ...
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Search on part of a column in a SQL Server cross-database view

I'm currently writing an application that interfaces with a 3rd party vendor's SQL Server 2008 database that I only have read access to. We have a separate database that contains cross database views ...
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How to change SQL sever configuration manager settings using TSQL?

SQL server configuration manager is used to configure certain settings like connection protocols, service start up, etc... Is it possible to make these changes that is done in SQL server ...
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Why can the target of the OUTPUT INTO clause not be a view?

Here is my statement: DELETE FROM table1 OUTPUT deleted.col1, deleted.col2 INTO view1; It gives me this error: The target 'view1' of the OUTPUT INTO clause cannot be a view or common table ...
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How can I get a list of column names and types from a resultset?

Say I get a resultset back from the following query: select * from sys.database_files; For any given resultset, I want to be able to query the column names and types so I can then create tables to ...
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MS SQL : Use Computed value to Compute other values

I'm having problem with generating results which are computed from data that exists in database. This is the case I have Coupons that can be amount or percent, if percent is 0 then amount is used ...
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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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Which problems arise, declaring the size of all varchar parameters as max in stored proc?

Looking at this question, it seems, that other sites too have the problem of increasing column sizes in the process of time. Increasing just the size of a column in a table is a rather simple task. ...
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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 ...