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

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Splitting a deck of cards, and returning the results as if they were shuffled once

Lets say I have a table with a deck of cards, numbered 01-52. I could return the top and bottom cards, as if I held each side of the union's select query in my left and right hands by doing a: select ...
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CASE ORDER BY with multiple columns, and different sort options

I am attempting to use a T-SQL CASE ORDER BY in a stored procedure where I am passed @OrderBy parameter as a TINYINT. @Orderby = 1 Then Date column should be ASC @Orderby = 2 Then Date column ...
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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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What is the correct way to ensure unique entries in a temporal database design?

I'm having trouble with the design of a temporal database. I need to know how to make sure I have only one active record for any given timeframe for a store. I have read this answer, but I'm afraid I ...
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How do I delete unique rows from a table with duplicate keys?

I have the following data: road | ID | other column | other column | ------------------+------+---------------+--------------+ MAIN ST | 1 | ... | ...
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Update Statement takes forever to complete [closed]

I have table around 1250000 records, and 80 columns Table Structure CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Table] ( [Column1] [int] IDENTITY(1, 1) NOT FOR REPLICATION NOT NULL, [Column2] [int] NULL, [Column3] [int] ...
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T-SQL - Enforce Atomic Operations x Locks

I have a database model that works similar to a banking account (one table for operations, and a trigger to update the balance). I'm currently using SQL Server 2008 R2. Table OPERATIONS: VL_CREDIT ...
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Why can't I view the SQL Server database created by a web application?

I have an ASP.NET MVC web application deployed to IIS on a Windows Server 2012 machine. When the application first starts, it will create the database and tables it needs if necessary through Entity ...
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Split/explode comma delimited string field into SQL query

I have field id_list='1234,23,56,576,1231,567,122,87876,57553,1216' and I want to use it to search IN this field: SELECT * FROM table1 WHERE id IN (id_list) id is integer id_list is varchar/text ...
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Is it “legal” to CREATE and DROP #SomeTable more than once?

I've got my code sort of segregated as "coherent blocks" that I can insert into a longer "configuration script" over and over, and one of the patterns I'm using is this: CREATE TABLE #WidgetSetting ...
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Is it possible in SQL Server to change default “order by” direction from asc to desc?

This question came up in a discussion at work... given the following T-SQL statement: select firstname, lastname from users order by lastname; the default sort order on the order by clause is asc. ...
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Is there a compact way to use a NOT IN (1,2,3) syntax when setting a variable?

Expressions like NOT IN (1,2,3) are valid in a where clause: SELECT foo FROM bar WHERE ((record_type NOT IN (2, 3, 7, 18, 19, 20, 21,12,13,22)) However if I want to move an elaborate expression ...
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Query two SQL Server databases in same function but on two different servers

Suppose I have two database servers (DB-SERVER-1 & DB-SERVER-2), and there is a single database on each server (DB1 & DB2). Both are SQL Server databases. Is it possible to query both ...
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Copy 8 Million Records

I have a table in a local MS SQL Server database that has 72 columns and over 8 million records. Most of the columns are floats except for the primary key which is an INT Identity column. The table ...
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Invalid use of a side-effecting operator 'INSERT' within a function - Multiple Inserts in Function

If this is not the right forum please let me know and move it for me. I've just got a bunch of inserts like this toward the end of my scalar function: INSERT INTO [Raptor].[dbo].[UserRole] ...
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Update strings for all cmdexec Jobs

Does anyone know if it's possible, (and furthermore advisable) to update all cmdexec strings in jobs on a server? We'd like to change our logging location, and in principle I'd think this could be ...
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Subquery in the VALUES clause

Here's a real-world schema: CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Setting] ( [ID] [BIGINT] NOT NULL, [Module] [NVARCHAR](400) NOT NULL, [Property] [NVARCHAR](400) NOT NULL, [Value] ...
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Identify NON-ANSI joins in SQL Server 2008 R2 on a Database that's in 2000 (80) compatibility mode

We have a very old database running on SQL Server 2008 R2. The database is running in 2000 (80) compatibility mode and has oodles of NON-ANSI joins in stored procedures, views and functions. We need ...
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SP for Restoring Database and performing other tasks on it

I am creating a stored procedure for our QA dept that will do the following: Accept specific inputs to generate a consistent name, restore a database (giving it the generated name,) set the db up for ...
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Performance on SQL Join

I have a query which takes ages to run mainly due to a join between 2 tables on a PK and FK. The Key is prefixed with 2 letters (which is always the same, RN) followed by 7 digits So RN1234567 for ...
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T-SQL and GPS co-ordinates

I'm looking to store GPS co-ordinates in an MS SQL Server DB for location matching of users with GPS-enabled mobile phones. I've read about STDistance on MSDN, but it only appears to exist in SQL ...
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How can I create a stored procedure using xp_fixeddrives?

I need a stored procedure to check the free space in 2 linked servers .(the servers are linked manually) .I have comed up with a query like this and using sql server 2008 ALTER PROCEDURE freespace AS ...
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Restore all applicable files in a backup device in T-SQL

I'm using SQL Server (2008 R2 in this case) and I am backing up my databases into backup devices (one per database). Every Sunday the device is overwritten with a new full backup, every night a ...
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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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T-SQL Syntax error copying views dynamically

I'm creating a stored procedure to copy all views from one database to another using the following code. ALTER PROCEDURE [dbo].[spCreateViews] (@SourceDB NVARCHAR(200), @DestinationDB ...
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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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Calculating Median Value within a Group By

I have a SPROC which calculates the Mean duration of a request / response cycle within 10 minute intervals. This works well and suits my needs for plotting charts. What I would like to do next is ...
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T-SQL: Convert XML to string without self-closing tags

We have a weirdo system we're integrating with which consumes XML, but it does not understand self-closing tags, so <BOOKING> <BOOKINGID>56812</BOOKINGID> <PERSONCODE /> ...
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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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Fulltext search limiting users possibilities

We have a web site with a search box. The search uses a fulltext index column. However, we just cant feed the text the user has input into this stored procedure. CREATE PROCEDURE [dbo].[SearchPages] ...
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Why is it @@SERVERNAME but not @@DBNAME? [closed]

I'm just curious: To get the server name, I use SELECT @@SERVERNAME but to get the current database name, I use SELECT DB_NAME() Technically, both seem to be scalar functions: @@SERVERNAME is ...
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Symmetric difference operation in Transact-SQL?

I have always known about the UNION operator in SQL, but only recently discovered that there were other set operators, INTERSECT and EXCEPT. I haven't been able to find an operator that does the ...
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Tips on improving/refactoring slow query?

Let's play lotto! Ok. I have a numbers table with 80 rows (numbers 1-80): create table dbo.numbers (knum tinyint primary key identity); I have a table with the drawid, and each number drawn. ...
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Does SQL Server CASE statement evaluate all conditions or exit on first TRUE condition?

Does the SQL Server CASE statement evaluate all the WHEN conditions or does it exit once it finds a WHEN clause that evaluates to true? If it does go through the entire set of conditions, does that ...
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T-SQL Calculate average value for Duration Field

Can anyone please help me on this.. I have a column in my table that stores the duration in an nvarchar field formatted as '00:00:00'. How do I calculate the average duration? I read some other ...
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How to find duration in a dataset

I have a dataset of the following structure: Target, PollTime, Value ------------------------ 1. A, 2013-12-13 13:31:44.000, 15.00 2. A, 2013-12-13 13:32:44.000, 16.00 3. A, 2013-12-13 13:33:44.000, ...
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Transact SQL using WITH in CREATE VIEW

I want to create VIEW using WITH clauses, but really can't find any references on correct syntax. I want smth like this WITH TempTbl AS (SELECT ...) CREATE VIEW SomeView SELECT * FROM TempTbl And ...
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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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Find top by values by percents using range in SQL Server

What will be easier way to group records by range of percents. Here what I try to accomplish Select top percents between 50 and 75 * from myTable order by PKI Here is way I did this but I have ...
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Get records not updated in last 30 minutes

I am trying to write a script that will get records that have not updated the table in more than 30 minutes. Example records: DNS_NAME LAST_PERF_TIME esxnu01 2013-12-24 12:10:00.000 esxnu02 ...
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Inserting two rows from single row

I have to import users from the usersToImport table into the userContact table. usersToImport contains telephone and e-mail information in a single row for each user, but userContact stores one kind ...
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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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Is it advisable to use a temp table when the stored procedure could be run simultaneously by different users?

I am working on a stored procedure that retrieves the objectGUID from active directory. I am storing the result in a temp table and then returning the value in an output parameter for use with other ...
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Understanding SIX lock in Microsoft SQL-Server

Can somebody explain me how a process can acquire SIX lock on a page? I my deadlock-graph xml file I see that a process running under RC isolation level (executing a select statement at the moment of ...
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SET DATEFORMAT problems

I have some doubts about SET DATEFORMAT command. 1)Does this command is only used for inserting and updating date format and it does not effect the date format of that column? OR does this effect my ...
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Select rows after a specific ID

I have the following query, it chooses from a news articles table. Due to multiple sorting factors, I cannot locate the next page of date. The parameter I have is the last ID in the query result set, ...
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Running a DELETE stored procedure but finding degradation in performance in WHILE loop as iterations increase

Have a quick general question. I have a table I'm trying to purge a table. I'm deleting using a WHILE loop with WAITFOR DELAY time of 50ms between batches and 2000 records per batch. The real issue is ...
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How can I create different sets of sequential values based on another column in a table?

I've got a table that holds two types of notes. Collection Notes and Delivery Notes. They are identical data structures, hence using the same table. CREATE TABLE Notes ( Id int IDENTITY(1,1) NOT ...
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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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Physical Server or a Virtual Machine SQL Server?

Is there a anyway to figure out via a SQL Script to know whether SQL Server is running on a Physical Server or Virtual Server ?