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

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Add a new Column and define its position in a table

I have Table A with 5 columns: TableA -- Name Tel Email Address I want to add a new column (mobile) in between Tel & Email: TableA -- Name Tel Mobile Email Address If I use ALTER TABLE ...
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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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DBCC CHECKIDENT ('table name', RESEED, 20000) not working

When I run the script DBCC CHECKIDENT ('table name', RESEED, 20000) the output of the message is Checking identity information: current identity value '200000', current column value '...
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Null Values in a CASE statement

I am playing around with some stuff in SSMS to learn a little more as I study for my 70-461 exam and I came across a little hangup. I am trying to create a table to play around with so I don't have to ...
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Sargable Queries

Very simple question I hope, I'm currently having some scripts I inherited into my project reviewed by the database admins. This has never been done before apparently and lots of issues are being ...
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Enforce Data integrity on an Email column in a database

I want to put a constraint on an email column like so: xxxx@xxxx.yyy Obviously "x" is of various lengths and x is some piece of string data and .yyy is a domain type of .com, .gov etc
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Using FLOATs with RAISERROR

I am using RAISERROR() to provide some basic Unit Testing functionality (as here), but I am frustrated by the inability to use FLOATs in the error message. I know I can cast the float to a string, but ...
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Unique identifier field with a conditional

I have a database that's not in production, so the main table being CustodyDetails, this table has a ID int IDENTITY(1,1) PRIMARY KEY column and I'm looking for a way of adding another unique ...
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Trouble with SQL and aggregates

With this query: SELECT SUM(qty) AS sumQty, cnetprodid FROM quoteitem WHERE ordered = 1 AND sageSOPOrderReturnLineID IS NOT NULL AND LEN(LTRIM(RTRIM(cnetprodid))) > 0 ...
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sysschedules datatype choices

I am curious, why does SQL Server save the values in msdb.dbo.sysschedules for date and times as int instead of datetime. I assume the reason dates back to something in SQL Server 2000. Was it a ...
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Optimize select on subquery with COALESCE(…)

I have a large view that I use from within an application. I think I've narrowed down my performance problem, but I'm unsure how to fix it. A simplified version of the view looks like this: SELECT ...
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Efficient query for an advanced EAV model

I'm kind of stuck on how to build an effecient query which returns the data of the following EAV structure. Today, a product table already exists, containing 4 fixed fields. We want to upgrade the ...
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Compare 4 or more columns values

I have a table like: ID A0 A1 A2 A3 A4 14 A B A C A 15 A A A A A I need to compare all 5 columns and check if they have same value and retrive the only one that have all same ...
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T SQL Table Valued Function to Split a Column on commas

I wrote a Table Valued Function in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 to take a comma delimited column in a database to spit out separate rows for each value. Ex: "one,two,three,four" would return a new table ...
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Is there a T-SQL equivalent for punctuation as [0-9] is for numbers and [a-z] is for letters?

Is there a T-SQL equivalent of the [0-9] and [a-z] patterns that will let me pull values from a column that contains punctuation? For example: Create Table #Test ( Value VarChar(10) ) Insert Into ...
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How to check when statistics was last executed?

We've been having a number of issues with our indexes lately which our DBA team has attributed to statistics not having been run recently. This has made me wonder - how can I check if statistics have ...
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The fastest way to get the most recent records [duplicate]

I am looking for the fastest way to return the most recent record for each reference number. I quite liked the solution from BrentOzar.com, but it does not seem to work when I add a third condition (...
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Updating a view on multiple joined tables

Since MSDN does not say much, what happens exactly if I execute the following query? update claims set status='Awaiting Auth.' where status = 'Approved' Can I use the ClaimStatusName column of the ...
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Multiple column concatenation

How to concatenate multiple columns in to a single row? For example: id name car 1 sam dodge 1 ram maserati 1 john benz 1 NULL mazda 2 kirk lexus 2 Jim ...
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Dynamic database reference in T-SQL scripts

We have a set of databases (development, QA and production, dev-foo & dev-bar, qa-foo & qa-bar and just foo & bar respectively). Inside foo family of databases there's a view that should ...
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T SQL Table Valued Function to Split varbinary(max) into 16byte GUIDs

I am trying to write a function which will split a varbinary(max) field into a table with 16 byte GUIDs, but am struggling. I haven't been able to find any examples or walkthroughs on how to do this ...
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How to move a fairly large tsql table from one server to another server?

I have been working on thinking of ways to move a 40gb table from one SQL Server box to another SQL Server box. They are at separate companies without an intranet linkage and obviously without linked ...
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Hindrance in TSQL SVF Call

I have a simply Products data table with 100k records (just generates some random data): set nocount on create table dbo.temp_Products ( [ProductID] int, [Type] tinyint, [Price] float, ...
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Getting database sizes on an MSSQL Server named instance

I need to get a list of database sizes for a SQL server migration project. The SQL Server server we're migrating from has three installed instances, one default and and two named. It's running SQL ...
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How to avoid a race condition with cross db proc calls? and other concerns

I am not even sure this question is necessary but I am curious to know everyone's thoughts. I have two databases on the same server, dbFoo, dbBar. dbFoo has the following table please note this is a ...
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Selecting 'edge' records in a sequence of data

I have a table of items which run sequentially by date with both a start and end for each entry: ID | Start | End ---------------------------------------- 1 | 2012-08-20 00:00 | 2012-08-...
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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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Create a function to generate a column value in a specific format

I am new to databases or, in fact, programming. I want to create a function or maybe a stored procedure (if it works) to insert/create default values for a column of the users table. In this table, ...
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Is it possible to add a certificate to a database role?

I have a certificate I am using for inter-DB access to a stored procedure in SQL Server, and am able to provide access to the stored procedure by creating a new user in the database using: CREATE ...
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What is the difference between <> All and Not In

Could you please tell me the differences between select CustomerId from Customer Where TerritoryId <> All(select TerritoryId from Salesperson) select CustomerId from Customer where TerritoryId ...
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I want to add a user/login to role in another database without switching databases

I have a role / login in a 'new' database mynewdb with a role "emailsender". I have scripted a profile for sp_send_dbmail and am now trying to script adding the the login to the DatabaseMailUserRole ...
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How to change default database to all logins?

I'm bit new to SQL Server and I'm trying to script out Microsoft SQL Server (2005-2014) post installation activities and I got bit stuck on altering logins. Corporate policy states that none login ...
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How to avoid using Merge query when upserting multiple data using xml parameter?

I am trying to update a table with an array of values. Each item in the array contains information that matches a row in a table in the SQL db. If the row already exists in the table, we update that ...
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How do you get an average of job history times?

The following is a script I found online that has most of the elements of what I desire in the result set. The only thing missing is how I can get an average of the run times over a decided time ...
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Why does assigning FOR XML to an XML variable warn about CONVERT_IMPLICIT(XML)?

SET STATISTICS XML ON; DECLARE @x XML = (SELECT 'hi' "@id" FOR XML PATH ('this'), root ('xml')); Type conversion in expression (CONVERT_IMPLICIT(xml,[Expr1001],0)) may affect "CardinalityEstimate"...
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How to map another server through SQL Server Management Studio

I am trying to map another server by giving the command EXEC xp_cmdshell 'NET USE H:\\568.256.8.358\backup_147 1234abc /USER:cranew /PERSISTENT:yes' I got an error with this: network path ...
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RETURN statement before DEALLOCATE CURSOR

Question about use of Cursors in combination with RETURN in a SQL Server 2008 Stored Procedure Consider this example: CREATE PROCEDURE [dbo].[test] @ReturnEarly BIT = 0 AS BEGIN SET NOCOUNT ...
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T-SQL command to log in as a different user?

Is there a T-sql command, like the Oracle "Connect" which lets me change the user that I am logged in as?
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Query tuning issues

I'm in trouble trying to tune this following query. I used to be 100% focused in the infrastructure side of the stuff, but since August this year I'm working for a processing card company that is ...
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Is there a better way to create dynamic time averaged series over a dynamic frequency?

I've got a series of tables with lots of high precision data collected from various devices. The intervals that they were collected on varies and even wanders over the time series. My users want the ...
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Combining data from multiple rows

I am relatively new when working with queries so let me apologize in advance. This is SQL Server 2012 that I will be working with. This data has been brought into a staging table through a nightly ...
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Round-robin T-SQL problem with a twist

I have a table where I need to populate values, which are incremented using given step size. In addition I also have a notion of range, so that certain number of steps will fit inside the range (not ...
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How to detach corrupt database in SQL Server

I have Sql server data files saved on external storage. I want to detach specific database. If external storage is not connected I want to drop database. Is this safe way to do that: DECLARE @...
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Cannot rebuild index, but there's no reason why not?

I've created a process whereby I am able to only rebuild indexes that need rebuilding(the process takes an hour and a half if I rebuild them all), and while it works beautifully, it gets stuck on one ...
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Restore a Database to a New database (T-SQL)

I have a database backup from a database, say SourceData which needs to be restored on another database, same schema, but different name (SourceData_1) using T-SQL. I don't know why I gets the ...
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use of coalesce to check for all variables being null

How can I use coalesce to check for all variables with different type precedence to all be NULL without encountering errors. DECLARE @StartDate DATETIME = NULL, @EndDate DATETIME = NULL, @StateCode ...
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Select rows with same id but null and some other value in another column for that id

I want to get only rows having a value NULL and some other value than NULL for a particular username column. If both rows have null for that particular username or both have some values other than ...
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What are the SQL Server 2012 versions of FIRST() and LAST()?

I have a table with a value column. I want to calculate the last row minus the first row, as shown here: id value 1 10 2 45 3 65 4 95 . . . . ....
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Use of FROM keyword on DELETE statement

The BOL and many other sources point out: FROM Is an optional keyword that can be used between the DELETE keyword and the target table_or_view_name, or rowset_function_limited. I'm used to ...
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Optimize a SQL query

I have to select 2 values that were less that the given id and greater than the given id. I have tried this query but is there any better way to do it Fiddle Sql Begin declare @rootValue int ...