Questions tagged [sql-server-2008-r2]

SQL Server 2008 R2 (major build version 10.50.xxxx). Please also tag with sql-server.

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SQL server databases stuck in restoring state

I have a Sharepoint server. We had an issue with our backup tool and now some of my databases are stuck in restoring state! Is it possible to stop the restoring process? and also, How can I make sure ...
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Why does ALTER COLUMN to NOT NULL cause massive log file growth?

I have a table with 64m rows taking 4.3 GB on disk for its data. Each row is about 30 bytes of integer columns, plus a variable NVARCHAR(255) column for text. I added a a NULLABLE column with data-...
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What are Objective Business Reasons to Prefer SQL Server 2012 over 2008 R2?

My company is facing the decision whether to purchase SQL Server 2012 Denali or SQL Server 2008 R2 for a new database server. I am looking for objective reasons to choose one over the other. Our ...
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How export a sql server 2008 diagram to PDF filetype?

I want to have an export from my database diagram to PDF or image types. How can I do this? I worked with SQL Server 2008 R2.
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What is the actual behavior of compatibility level 80?

Could somebody provide me with a better insight about the compatibility mode feature? It is behaving different than I expected. As far as I understand compatibility modes, it is about the ...
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Is there an analog of GETDATE() that returns DATETIME2

According to MSDN, Getdate(), GetUtcDate(), and CURRENT_TIMESTAMP all return DATETIME. I ran a short test, which confirms that: CREATE TABLE #t(T DATETIME2(7)); GO DECLARE @i INT ; SET @i=1; WHILE @...
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Data obfuscation in SQL Server

What is the best practice for Data Obfuscation in SQL Server? We'd like to use masked Production data in our UAT system. If we want to do it quickly, and with a higher level of obsfucation, what ...
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How to make sqlcmd return an ERRORLEVEL other than 0 when the .sql script fails?

I'm running sqlcmd from a batch file and I was wondering how to make it return an ERRORLEVEL other than 0 when something goes wrong with the backup.
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Execution Plan Basics — Hash Match Confusion

I am starting to learn execution plans and am confused about how exactly a hash match works and why it would be used in a simple join: select Posts.Title, Users.DisplayName From Posts JOIN Users on ...
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Unexpected scans during delete operation using WHERE IN

I've got a query like the following: DELETE FROM tblFEStatsBrowsers WHERE BrowserID NOT IN ( SELECT DISTINCT BrowserID FROM tblFEStatsPaperHits WITH (NOLOCK) WHERE BrowserID IS NOT NULL ) ...
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Why does adding a TOP 1 dramatically worsen performance?

I have a fairly simple query SELECT TOP 1 dc.DOCUMENT_ID, dc.COPIES, dc.REQUESTOR, dc.D_ID, cj.FILE_NUMBER FROM DOCUMENT_QUEUE dc JOIN CORRESPONDENCE_JOURNAL cj ...
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difference in execution plans on UAT and PROD server

I want to understand why there would be such a huge difference in execution of the same query on UAT (runs in 3 sec) vs PROD (run in 23 secs). Both UAT and PROD are having exactly data and indexes. ...
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Best way to get last identity inserted in a table

Which one is the best option to get the identity value I just generated via an insert? What is the impact of these statements in terms of performance? SCOPE_IDENTITY() Aggregate function MAX() ...
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SIMPLE or FULL recovery model for databases?

When should I use the full recovery model and when should I use the simple recovery model for databases? I always used the full recovery model because it is the default, but today i encountered this ...
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Why is SQL Server consuming more server memory?

SQL Server is consuming 87.5 % of my server RAM. This recently caused a lot of performance bottlenecks such as slowness. I researched this issue. One common solution I could find on the internet is to ...
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Why is there still a varchar data type?

Many of my databases have fields defined as varchars. This hasn't been much of problem since I live and work in America (where the only language that exists is "American". ahem) After working with ...
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Does the order of columns in a PK index matter?

I have a few very large tables with the same basic strucure. Each one has a RowNumber (bigint) and DataDate (date) column. Data is loaded using SQLBulkImport every night, and no "new" data is ever ...
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Slower SQL Server performance after allocating more CPU and RAM

We have SQL Server 2008 R2 (10.50.1600) running on a virtual Windows 2008 R2 server. After upgrading the CPU from 1 core to 4 and the RAM from 4 gb to 10 gb, we've noticed the performance is worse. ...
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SLEEP_TASK Wait Type in SQL Server - What does it indicate?

I haven't seen the SLEEP_TASK wait type before, and today I seem to be getting a ton of them. I'm not the official DBA, just a SQL Server developer who knows some DBA stuff. We upgraded our servers ...
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Cannot execute as the database principal because the principal “dbo” does not exist [duplicate]

I restored a backup of a database from SQL Server 2008 R2 to SQL Server 2012. When I try to access a particular page of my application, I get this error: Cannot execute as the database principal ...
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Still wrong to start the name of a user stored procedure with sp_?

One of my co-workers named a stored procedure in our SQL Server 2008 R2 database sp_something. When I saw this, I immediately thought: "That is WRONG!" and started searching my bookmarks for this ...
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EF Code First uses nvarchar(max) for all strings. Will this hurt query performance?

I have some databases created using Entity Framework Code First; the apps are working and in general I'm pretty happy with what Code First lets me do. I am a programmer first, and a DBA second, by ...
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I/O requests taking longer than 15 seconds

Usually our weekly full backups finish in about 35 minutes, with daily diff backups finishing in ~5 minutes. Since tuesday the dailies have taken almost 4 hours to complete, way more than should be ...
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Adding columns to production tables

What's the best way to add columns to large production tables on SQL Server 2008 R2? According to Microsoft's books online: The changes specified in ALTER TABLE are implemented immediately. If the ...
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Is it useful to have the SQL Server instance root directory on a separate drive?

I know it's possible to change many of the default paths when installing SQL Server, and generally when I do an install I change the data and log folders to be on separate drives (typically D and E), ...
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What is a deterministic method for evaluating a sensible buffer pool size?

I'm trying to come up with a sane way to understand if the max server memory (mb) setting is appropriate (either should be lower, or higher, or stay the way it is). I am aware that max server memory (...
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What Problems Does an Eager Spool Indicate

Currently running on SQL Server 2008 R2 I am attempting to increase performance of an UPDATE statement. I notice an Eager Spool operation in the showplan popping up. My understanding of spooling ...
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Can you use COUNT DISTINCT with an OVER clause?

I'm trying to improve the performance of the following query: UPDATE [#TempTable] SET Received = r.Number FROM [#TempTable] INNER JOIN (SELECT AgentID, ...
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List all permissions for a given role?

I've searched around all over and haven't found a conclusive answer to this question. I need a script that can give ALL permissions for an associated role. Any thoughts, or is it even possible? ...
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Change length of varchar on live prod table

I have a MS SQL Server 2008 R2 DB server currently in use with a production app. A new enhancement to the app now requires a varchar(100) column in a table to be increased in length. Can the ...
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Trying to find the last time that a value has changed

I have a table that has an ID, a value, and a date. There are many IDs, Values, and dates in this table. Records are inserted into this table periodically. The ID will always stay the same but ...
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Changing a column from NOT NULL to NULL - What's going on under the hood?

We have a table with 2.3B rows in it. We'd like to change a column from NOT NULL to NULL. The column is contained in one index (not the clustered or PK index). The data type isn't changing (it's an ...
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How to write a query which finds all circular references when a table references itself?

I have the following schema (names changed), which I cannot change: CREATE TABLE MyTable ( Id INT NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY, ParentId INT NOT NULL ); ALTER TABLE MyTable ADD FOREIGN KEY (ParentId)...
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How can I compare the schema of two databases?

Is there a way to find the differences in two SQL Server databases (schema only). One is local and the second is at a customer's site. We are experiencing problems with crystal reports running some ...
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Add article to transactional publication without generating new snapshot

Using SQL 2008 R2 transactional replication with pull subscribers, when we add an article, I'd like to avoid having to create an entire snapshot (the db is ~80 GB, so this takes hours). From this ...
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Why does transaction log continue to grow in Simple recovery mode with nightly backups

Before immediately marking as duplicate, I have read Mike Walsh's Why Does the Transaction Log Keep Growing or Run Out of Space?, but I don't think it gave an answer to my situation. I looked through ...
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Should I stop transaction log backups during a full backup?

I have two SQL Agent jobs which are scheduled to run at different intervals. The first job runs a full backup once a day. The second job runs transaction log backups every fifteen minutes. As the ...
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Does the partition key also have to be part of the primary key?

I am partitioning a table based on a column that is not a primary key? I've read some conflicting information today on whether the partition column must be a part of the primary key. My gut says no, ...
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What's the best way to archive all but current year and partition the table at the same time

Task Archive off all but a rolling 13 month period from a group of large tables. The archived data must be stored in another database. The database is in simple recovery mode The tables are 50 mil ...
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How to partition an existing non-partitioned table

I have an existing table with data: dbo.Test (col1,col2,col3....) ON [PRIMARY] I need to change this table to be partitioned like this: dbo.Test(col1,col2,col3....) ON Ps_Date(Col2) How I can I ...
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Upgrade SQL Server 2000 database to 2008 R2 and enable new features

I have recently upgraded SQL Server 2000 database to 2008 R2. What I did was: Shutdown SQL Server 2000 (express) service on old machine, Move datafiles (mydatabase.mdf and mydatabase.ldf) to new ...
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Merge statement deadlocking itself

I have the following procedure (SQL Server 2008 R2): create procedure usp_SaveCompanyUserData @companyId bigint, @userId bigint, @dataTable tt_CoUserdata readonly as begin set ...
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Painless way to create a clustered index on a huge table?

So we have a customer site that is complaining about some seriously slow performance. I took one look and it's obvious that the problem is because Somebody Else (grrrr) designed a table holding some ...
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LIKE uses index, CHARINDEX does not?

This question is related to my old question. The below query was taking 10 to 15 seconds to execute: SELECT [customer].[Customer name],[customer].[Sl_No],[customer].[Id] FROM [company].dbo.[customer] ...
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Safely moving and creating new tempdb files

Two things I'd like to know: how do you safely move tempdb with minimal downtime? how many tempdb files do you need? Is it 1 file per core? So quad-core = 4 tempdb files, creating three new ones?
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SQL server service won’t start after disabling TLS 1.0 and SSL 3.0 [duplicate]

Because of security reasons, we disabled TLS 1.0 and older protocols on our windows, and enabled just TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 under the following registry path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\...
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Choosing the right algorithm in HashBytes function

We need to create hash value of nvarchar data for comparison purposes. There are multiple hash algorithms available in T-SQL, but which one the best to choose from in this scenario? We want to ensure ...
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How often to backup the master database?

The suggestion in BOL is fairly vague: Back up master as often as necessary to protect the data sufficiently for your business needs. We recommend a regular backup schedule, which you can ...
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FOR XML could not serialize the data because it contains character (0x0000)

I have a big query (if necessary I will post it here) and I'm getting this error: Msg 6841, Level 16, State 1, Line 1 FOR XML could not serialize the data for node 'NoName' because it contains ...
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Parent-Child Tree Hierarchical ORDER

I have to following data in SQL Server 2008 R2. SQLFiddle Schema: CREATE TABLE [dbo].[ICFilters]( [ICFilterID] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL, [ParentID] [int] NOT NULL DEFAULT 0, [FilterDesc]...

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