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

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Using Left or substring with wildcard in SQL

I am looking to retrieve information from a field, but am having troubles getting exactly what I want. The information I want has no set order and I am also looking for two different things. Here is ...
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How to extract pipe-delimited data using BCP?

I tried the following command USE <DBNAME> SELECT 'exec master..xp_cmdshell' + ' ''' + 'bcp' + ' ' + TABLE_CATALOG + '.' + TABLE_SCHEMA + '.' + TABLE_NAME + ' out' + ' D:\' + TABLE_NAME + ...
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T-SQL brain teaser: find non-overlapping sets

I would like to ask for help coming up with a query, which can identify groups on non-overlapping records. Here is a sample scenario (admittedly contrived). Let's say I have employees who are ...
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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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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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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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Passing a literal ? to sp_MSforeachdb

I am trying to search for the ? character in a string, but across all dbs on a server. Since the ? mark is a placeholder for the database name, how may I format the query so it knows I mean to search ...
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SQL Server 2008R2 - MAX Result and Hour per Day

I have a table full of network interface statistics. InterfaceID TimeStamp RCV_bps XMT_bps ----------- ------------------------------ ------------- ------------- 275 ...
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Charindex, Getting specific data from a string

Hello I am very new to charindex and have tried to create a query that would extract my needed information but am running into an error. I searched for similar problems on stackexchange as well as a ...
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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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Splitting a csv column from select query into multiple columns

I have a stored procedure SELECT [ShipWorks].[dbo].[OrderItem].[Code] AS Code, CASE WHEN (LEN(ISNULL(MAX([ShipWorks].[dbo].[OrderItem].[Location]),'')) = 1) THEN ...
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SMS Suggesting covering all columns in an index?

I'm still a bit newer to indexes and database works, so I may very well be missing something obvious. SMS suggested adding a covered index to one of my tables that Indexes on the column I believe ...
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Unexpected Table Scan with Parameterized LIKE

I'm experiencing an unexpected table scan on SQL Server 2005 against a heap table when parameterizing a LIKE statement... but when the same value as the variable is hard-coded, the expected Index Seek ...
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Total of orders open on a given date for each date in a date range

This question is similar to Running total with count?, but please allow me to explain some further twists on the issue. I'm using SQL Server 2008, so the cursor option described by Aaron Bertrand ...
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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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Grouping records based on intervals of time

I have a table with the following schema, and I need to define a query that can group data based on intervals of time (Ex. records per minute) and then provide the sum of the changes to the ...
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Will I need to create a pivot or can I alter this query

The following Query that I wrote is working to a point. The problem that I found is that in each pump, cable, etc can be listed in each of the part columns. Example: What I would like to get is ...
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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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Calculating Median Value within a Group By

I have a Stored Procedure 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 ...
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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 not ...
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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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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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SQL Server - Stopping a server side trace

I want to setup a server side replay trace and scripted out setting up the trace. However I want the trace to end either after 12 hours or once 10 1GB files have been created. Normally with a max file ...
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Compound Primary Key - Index both fields?

I have a many-to-many join table between users and roles. CREATE TABLE AppUserRole ( UserId INT NOT NULL, RoleId INT NOT NULL, CONSTRAINT PK_AppUserRole PRIMARY KEY (UserId, RoleId), ...
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Why does SQL Server 2008 R2 insert an invalid datetime when using bulk insert?

I want to insert rows with an optional datetime value (per row) using T-SQL BULK INSERT on a SQL Server 2008 R2. A table could look like this: CREATE TABLE [dbo].[tbl_bulk_insert_datetime_issue] ( ...
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Detect if two time periods overlap

I have an HR system and I need to detect if a new leave (time off) request conflicts with an existing one. I have written code to do this based on the entire day; I now need to do the comparison based ...
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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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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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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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SQL Server - Best practices on debugging extremely complex stored procedures [closed]

I recently inherited a MESS of a search. It's around 10,000 lines of code in the procs/functions alone. This search is aptly named the "Standard Search." It's a proc that calls about 6 other procs, ...
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Query performance while using sqlcmd [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Running queries with SQLCMD vs. Running queries with SSMS I have a number of scripts that query the data from different tables and consequently update them. I have ...
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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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Escaping T-SQL Keywords

$sql = "SELECT Kill FROM tbl_pvporderview"; Problem is that I end up with: Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'Kill'. Because kill is a T-SQL command... any way to bypass it? I can't change the ...
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Execution Plans Differ for the Same SQL Statement

As a background to this question the details can be found at this link. In a nutshell: I have 2 SQL statements that are almost identical except for the RIGHT table. The LEFT JOIN is the same and the ...
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Difference Between SP with BEGIN/END and without BEGIN/END

I have found some SP(stored procedure) written as, CREATE PROCEDURE [dbo].[XXX] ( -- Parameters ) BEGIN --- Actual Work END and some as CREATE PROCEDURE [dbo].[XXX] ( -- Parameters ) --- ...
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SQL Server 2012 is putting [brackets] around Table and Column Names

Is there anyway to turn that off? I'm unable to find anything in options, and they're really a distraction.
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A Script to insert dummy Data in all tables of Database

I wanted a Script that can loop through all tables and their columns in the database and insert dummy data based on column type and size, so that i can start using the database for testing, and ...
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Exporting results to XML

I am trying to create an XML file from a SQL query. The out put should look like the image below Where the tag BranchID appears again as SubParentBranchID if there are more than one SubBranchID ...
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SQL Server - Alter table vs drop and create

Our database is SQL Server 2008 R2. We have some tables that have some varchar(500) columns that I want to switch to datetime2 or bigint. I can guarantee all the data in the columns to be switched are ...
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Are temp tables automatically created when referencing to them?

I can across the following script and I am trying to understand it. select columnA, columnB, columnC into #tmpTable from tableA The #tmpTable is referenced after that query, but not before it. ...
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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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Replace special characters in a column with space

I'm trying to write a query which replaces the special characters with space. Below code helps to identify the rows. (alpha-numeric characters, comma and space is valid): SELECT columnA FROM tableA ...
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Update fields that contains certain prefix by lookup table

I have a temporary table #NAMEOLD_NAMENEW which contains a column NAMEOLD and a column NAMENEW where every row contains the old and new value of a value to be updated. This table consists of roughly ...
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Is is possible to combine local variables in a case statement?

DECLARE @CalcQuery varchar(340) SET @CalcQuery = (SELECT sum(T0.[LineTotal]) FROM RDR1 T0 INNER JOIN ORDR T1 ON T0.[DocEntry] = T1.[DocEntry] INNER JOIN [@SES_SSNSBRG] T2 ON ...
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SQL “Standard” guide?

I am currently learning TSQL and am learning that were possible, I should use "standard" SQL dialect. Where can I find out which commands are "standard" and which are TSQL?
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Help with SQL Query to XML output

I have the following query: SELECT [ID] AS [NewID] , ( CASE WHEN LEN([MiddleName]) > 0 THEN [LastName] + ', ' + [FirstName] + ' ' + LEFT([MiddleName],1) + '.' ...
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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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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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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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Conditional WHERE Clause in a Table Valued Function

I have a table valued function CREATE FUNCTION [dbo].[DateRange] ( @StartDate date, @EndDate date, @Location varchar(25), @Device varchar(25) ) ...