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Replacing a Cursor with a single Query possible?

I have this challenge where I'm trying to figure out if I can write something in a single query rather than using a cursor. The problem is I need to get items from a batch table based on a list of ...
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Having issues with a CTE in a Nested Join [closed]

I'm unfortunately dealing with someone else's code here, but needing a little push. What I have happening is that I have a CTE that is needed to run in a nested join. ...Start of CTE INNER JOIN ( ...
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String that contains letters representing a negative number

I would like for every string that has a letter on the end make it a negative value. <field> = '00000000014545p';--Varchar(15) <field> = '00000000012645x';--Varchar(15) <field> = ...
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Can a critical section cause deadlock in SQL Server? [duplicate]

We get the next ID for our tables from a separate table with two columns, TABLE_NAME and NEXT_ID. We have a stored procedure which reads the NEXT_ID and then adds an increment to the NEXT_ID. The work ...
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SQL Server compact- Query that return 2 constant columns even if query didn't return data

Please look at the following simple query: Select CustomerID From Customers c Where c.CustomerId = "1234" I want to write similar query that does the following: Always return 2 columns with ...
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SQL Server : parsing with XPath Performance

I have a UI that allows a user to select certain data points they want to filter the results by. There are things such as location, department etc. Once they have selected all of the options, I ...
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Fastest way to disable indices and drop constraints and rebuild SQL Server table

Below are some T-SQL commands that we're running on a table with a few billion records. Most of the database's size is taken up by 5 tables like this. What is the quickest way to perform these steps ...
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How to know that , Is it Maintenance Cleanup Task is working properly from maintenance Plan or not through T-SQL?

I would like to say that i had configured "Automatic DB Backup" as well as "Automatic DB Cleanup Task" through "Maintenance Plan" in MS SQL Server 2012 on my Production Database. And that is working ...
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Does NTILE work over floating point numbers?

I am trying to use NTILE on my data using a float data type in my PARTITION BY clause. Please excuse the contrived example, but I think the best way to illustrate my question and confusion is through ...
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T-SQL insert value based on identity column

Is it possible to have a table with PK based on Identity columns? Lets say I have a table of customers, two fields are important for our case Id which is PK nvarchar(20) and SequenceId which is int ...
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Select all records, join with table A if join exists, table B if not

So here's my scenario: I'm working on Localization for a project of mine, and typically I would go about doing this in the C# code, however I want to do this in SQL a bit more since I am trying to ...
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How to Locate Specific Word

Goal: Locate specific word among tables in a database and display the name of the table and column in a list. Problem: There are TOO many tables to locate a specific word in the database. Info: ...
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Using of OPTIMIZE FOR hints in a sql query

as I know, OPTIMIZE FOR hint helps to avoid parameter sniffing. For such a stored procedure: SELECT * FROM Tabele WHERE param=@param1 We have two parameter S1 with high selectivity and s2 with low ...
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Selecting from an excel spreadsheet into SQL Server table

This question has been asked before but I tried giving full admin rights to the SQL Server user on C:\temp\ folder location (I am using Windows authentication into SQL Server Express). So for the ...
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why the optimizer doesn't choose the optimal plan [closed]

I know, if the statistic is not updatad, it is possible, that the optimizer doesn't choose the optimal execution plan? Does any other reason/reasons exist?
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Half of a transaction completes, when the other half fails?

I have done some searching on SO, MSDN, and various other sources, and I found plenty of questions about transactions, but none that seem to be exactly what I'm dealing with. Admittedly I'm still ...
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Execute sp_WhoIsActive as a query

I am at a client where they don't allow Adam Machanic's sp_WhoIsActive stored procedure to be installed anywhere on the SQL server. Does anyone have any suggestions for running it as a query instead?
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How do I pass multiple statements into sqlcmd?

Wanting to automate some tasks instead of firing up SSMS for everything, I'm trying to write a batch file to run these statements, which work perfectly when I paste them into the sqlcmd prompt. They ...
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How to generate an error when backing up to an existing file

I'm using SQL Server's BACKUP command and I want the operation to generate an error if I attempt to write to an existing backup file. By default, SQL Server seems to append to an existing file. ...
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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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Get time elapsed between log entries

At a company, fluids are prepared and held in tanks, following a preparation/recipe. The preparations move from tank to tank depending on needs. The tasks are logged in sequence into a table. What I ...
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How many records should be deleted when batch delete is used?

I am going to migrate a large amount of data from one table to other table. The target data source table has foreign key constrains, so I am not able to use DELETE with OUTPUT clause, but need to have ...
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SQL Server Mirroring can't connect to mirror database

I am at my wits end with this. I am trying to set up mirroring between a development server and my local machine. The error that keeps coming up is: Msg 1418, Level 16, State 1, Line 1 The ...
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SET CONTEXT_INFO for tracking specific SQL requests

I've got a problem where I'm seeing some very strange lock waits, with the process at the top of the lock wait tree in the 'sleeping' 'AWAITING COMMAND' state. I can see the machine name and ...
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Can't seem to understand why STUFF isn't working

I've got two tables that store questions and possible answers. The questions table can have multiple possible answers to it. I want to display the possible answers it can have per question.. For ...
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How to optimize STDistance execution?

I am creating temporary table during stored procedure execution with the following structure: [ID] BIGINT [Point] GEOGRAPHY the ID is not unique - there are about 200 records for each ID. ...
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SQL Server table and view show different values

I have a view that selects data from a table that is showing different data. The table is dbo.user, the view is dbo.users (don't judge, I inherited this system). The view is simply select * from ...
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Set based query to group data ordered data

I have a table of user action data and I would like to try and group it into 'sessions', so I could figure out how many times a user has logged on, how long they stay online, and how many actions they ...
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Query Performance - Why is a query slower when there are two criteria on the same column?

I have these two queries against a view, where I've added WHERE clauses against a date column (Indexed, Unique, Non-Clustered, Ascending): SELECT ColA FROM MyView a WHERE a.[Date] >= ...
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Rounding Casted Converting Error

The database I am working with has ntext datatypes which according to my understanding is evil. I used CAST to varchar to fix the issues in the below trimmed SQL Server query. Anyway, my question is ...
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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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Converting VARBINARY HEX to VARCHAR

I have a fun problem, I have data stored in SQL Server 2008 VARDATA column as Hex. I need to see what this translated to string is. I have tried CONVERT(VarChar(MAX), VARDATA, 2) and it returns a ...
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UPDATE() Function (Insert and Update Triggers)

Is there a way to have the column name dynamic in this function? For example, passing a parameter to a variable named @FldName = 'Name'. e.g. UPDATE(@FldName). Basically, what I want to do is to have ...
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SQL Server Query Question

I get the following errors when I execute the below query Error messages: Msg 207, Level 16, State 1, Line 10 Invalid column name 'Name'. Msg 207, Level 16, State 1, Line 10 Invalid ...
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How to find the most common phrases in a varchar field

I have a table which contains support tickets. Each ticket has a title and many of them have common phrases in them (XXX cannot connect to YYY, XXX requires a new YYY, XXX requires upgrading, etc. ...
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Why does SELECT 1/2 return 0?

As the title says. I even tried SELECT CONVERT(NUMERIC, 1/2) which also returned 0. I am using SQL Server 2008.
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How do I extract a repeating string pattern from multiple rows?

I have the following data: | ID | BadCol | +------+-----------------------------------------------+ | 1 | All of R489804 R489805 R489806 R489807 ...
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How can I get a list all Databases in a Database Instance

I am getting an error with SQL Copy Database Wizard. It is finding a database that was dropped over a year ago and fails because it cannot be found. I cannot find any reference to the database and ...
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Can I Parse and/or include “And” in my SQL Statement for a full text index?

So I have a query that looks at a full text index like this: SELECT * FROM Table1 q INNER JOIN CONTAINSTABLE(Table1,TableField, @Keywords) search ON q.Key = search.[KEY] Now @Keywords ...
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detect what columns to select depending on a column value of the same table

I am trying to build a query which returns different columns of the table depending on a column of the same table. Say, a column represents a type of item. This is my temporary solution, in which I ...
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Shorthand for on primary key?

Is there a shorthand for merging rows based on the primary key? For example: MERGE INTO [MyDatabase].[MySchema].[MyTable] AS target USING [MyLinkedServer].[MyDatabase].[MySchema].[MyTable] AS source ...
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Is someone trying to hack into my SQL Server Database?

I was asked by a friend, who isn't technical at all, to help her with her application. I thought I would just being doing a little C# development and some SQL queries. Turns out it has been a lot ...
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Merge two records in the same table, keeping foreign key relationships intact for both

I have a table, called SITES, that has three columns, lets say it looks like this: ID Name Path 1 Google http://www.google.com/ 2 Microsoft http://www.microsoft.com/ I also have ...
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How to re-declare T-SQL variables if it already exist?

Background: I'm building a SQL command to be executed on the server which involves a lot of accessing store procedure and declaring variables which are used as input to other stored procedures. This ...
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GRANT permissions to all tables, views, procedures in SQL Server 2000

I was wondering if there was a fairly efficient way to use T-SQL with SQL Server 2000 syntax to GRANT SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, on all TABLES and VIEWS for a particular database while excluding ...
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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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Passing Table Values into a TVF

I have a TVF that takes a userID parameter. I have another table that contains a list of these userIDs. I want to pass all these userID values into the TVF. I have tried this code... FROM ...
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sql querying for a pattern

I was hoping someone could steer me in the right direction with this one. I have a table that has student grades. Create Table StudentGrades ( StudentID references Student(StudentID) int not null, ...
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How to group list of start times by a category?

I have a list people and when they started occupied various rooms in the building. Like so: IF OBJECT_ID('tempdb..#RoomAssignments') IS NOT NULL DROP TABLE #RoomAssignments; CREATE TABLE ...
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Applying Quotes Across Multiple Lines

In SQL Server Management Studio you can use the shortcut CTRL + K > C or CTRL + K > U to comment/uncomment lines in bulk. Is there a similar keyboard function that applies single quotes across ...