Questions tagged [sql-server-2012]

SQL Server 2012 (major build version 11.00.xxxx). Please also tag sql-server.

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How do I move SQL Server database files?

I have a database and want to move the .mdf and .ldf files to another location. But I do not want to stop the MSSQLSERVER service, and I do not want to export to another server. How can I do this?
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Are SQL Server in-place upgrades as ill advised as they used to be?

I have been working with SQL server on and off since SQL Server 6.5, the old advice that still rings in my head was never to do an in-place upgrade. I'm currently upgrading my 2008 R2 DEV and TEST ...
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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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Date range rolling sum using window functions

I need to calculate a rolling sum over a date range. To illustrate, using the AdventureWorks sample database, the following hypothetical syntax would do exactly what I need: SELECT TH.ProductID, ...
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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 to join a table with a table valued function?

I have a user defined function: create function ut_FooFunc(@fooID bigint, @anotherParam tinyint) returns @tbl Table (Field1 int, Field2 varchar(100)) as begin -- blah blah end Now I want to join ...
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Can I install SQL Server Management Studio locally?

Can I install SQL Server Management Studio on my desktop to access a database on a SQL Server 2012 instance? If so, where can I find the installer? Google searches only return 'express' versions ...
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Does a re-index update statistics?

I've been doing the MS10775A course this past week and one question that came up that the trainer couldn't answer reliably is: Does a re-index update the statistics? We found discussions online ...
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Is select * still a big no-no on SQL Server 2012?

Back in the days of yesteryear, it was considered a big no-no to do select * from table or select count(*) from table because of the performance hit. Is this still the case in later versions of SQL ...
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Restore SQL Server 2012 backup to a SQL Server 2008 database?

Is there a way to restore a SQL Server 2012 database backup to a SQL Server 2008? I tried to attach file, it does not work.
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SQL Server Agent Jobs and Availability Groups

I'm looking for best practice in dealing with scheduled SQL Server Agent jobs in SQL Server 2012 availability groups. Maybe I missed something, however at the current state I feel that SQL Server ...
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SQL Server unpredictable select results (dbms error?)

Below is simple example, which returns strange results, that are unpredictable and we cannot explain it in our team. Are we doing something wrong or is it SQL Server error? After some investigation ...
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Management Studio System.OutOfMemoryException

I'm using Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and trying to run a simple query against it within Management Studio. I'm getting the following error (in SSMS, running on the server): An error occurred while ...
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Why are Denali sequences supposed to perform better than identity columns?

In his answer to Which is better: identity columns or generated unique id values? mrdenny says: When SQL Denali comes out it will support sequences which will be more efficient than identity, but ...
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When is it appropriate to use SQL Server Developer Edition? [closed]

Do you use SQL Server Developer Edition on server-class machines in DEV and STAGING environments? I am working on a large project where (if it passes the proof of concept stage) we will have several ...
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Are there disadvantages to contained databases?

SQL Server 2012 introduced the concept of "contained" databases, where everything (well, mostly everything) the database needs is contained within the database itself. This offers big advantages when ...
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Optimising plans with XML readers

Executing the query from here to pull the deadlock events out of the default extended events session SELECT CAST ( REPLACE ( REPLACE ( XEventData.XEvent.value ('(data/value)[...
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Why does query error with empty result set in SQL Server 2012?

When running the following queries in MS SQL Server 2012 the second query fails but not the first. Also, when run without the where clauses both queries will fail. I am at a loss why either would fail ...
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Very strange performance with an XML index

My question is based on this: https://stackoverflow.com/q/35575990/5089204 To give an answer there I did the following test-scenario. Test scenario First I create a test table and fill it with 100....
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At what point does one database per client become unfeasible?

For one of our systems, we have sensitive client data and store each client's data in a separate database. We have about 10-15 clients for that system. However, we're developing a new system that ...
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SQL Server Management Studio slow opening new windows

After upgrading both SQL Server and Management Studio from 2008 to 2012, Management Studio 2012 is very slow when new query windows and dialog boxes are opened. Even right clicking on tables is slow. ...
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How to uninstall SQL Server Management Studio 2012? [closed]

How to uninstall SQL Server Management Studio 2012? ControlPanel's "Uninstall or change programs" (in Windows 7 Prof) gives a row of entries: while internet search results always tell: "click ...
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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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Empty blocking process in blocked process report

I'm collecting blocked process reports using Extended Events, and for some reason in some reports the blocking-process node is empty. This is the full xml: <blocked-process-report monitorLoop="...
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Copying (hundreds of) tables from one server to another (with SSMS)

I have several hundred (currently 466, but ever growing) tables I have to copy from one server to another. I have never had to do this before, so I'm not sure at all on how to approach it. All the ...
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What is the fastest way to insert large numbers of rows?

I have a database where I load files into a staging table, from this staging table i have 1-2 joins to resolve some foreign keys and then insert this rows into the final table (which has one partition ...
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Why are queries causing spill to tempdb?

Background I am in the process of migrating a 160gb database from MSSQL 2008 (standard) on a Win 2008 server with 48gb RAM to a new server running MSSQL 2012 (64-bit web edition) on Win 2012 with ...
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How to view an encrypted view or stored procedure

I am working on a third party database. When I try to view the definition of a view by right clicking, CREATE TO and then to NEW QUERY EDIT WINDOW, I am getting an error: This property may not ...
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Strange behaviour with sample sizes for statistics updates

I've been playing around investigating sampling thresholds with statistics updates on SQL Server (2012) and noticed some curious behaviour. Basically the number of rows sampled seems to vary under ...
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Sequence - NO CACHE vs CACHE 1

Is there any difference between a SEQUENCE declared using NO CACHE and one declared using CACHE 1 in SQL Server 2012+? Sequence #1: CREATE SEQUENCE dbo.MySeqCache1 AS INT START WITH 1 ...
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Test if a string is a palindrome using T-SQL

I am a beginner in T-SQL. I want to decide whether an input string is a palindrome, with output = 0 if it is not and output = 1 if it is. I am still figuring out the syntax. I am not even getting an ...
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Max number of user connections

In SQL Server 2012 Standard edition, I know that the max number of user connections is 32,767. What should I do as a DBA if I am heading towards this number? Currently there are 30,000 user ...
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How To Profile Stored Procedures

I am using SQL Server 2012 and was wondering how to profile stored procedures For instance can profiler capture each individual SQL statement in a stored procedure, what it is, and how long it takes ...
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Truncated 200GB table but disk space not released

I have only 2GB left, so I need to remove this history table. This table now is empty but the database disk space not released. And the database file is 320GB.
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SQL Server Management studio slow connection or timeout when using Windows Authentication

I'm getting extremely long delays (10~30 seconds) in SQL Server Management Studio 2014 when attempting to connect to a SQL Server 2012 instance over TCP using Windows Authentication. This happens when ...
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How to make SSMS upper case keywords

I recently started using Management Studio 2012. When using MySQL Workbench, a handy feature was that I could stay all in lower case and any reserved word (like SELECT, INSERT) would convert to upper ...
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Check if a user exists in a SQL Server database

I'm working with SQL Server 2012. I want to check if a user exists before adding it to a database. This is what I have tested: USE [MyDatabase] GO IF NOT EXISTS (SELECT name FROM [...
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Why 0 is equal to empty string?

I need some help in finding why the following T-SQL statement returns 1 (true): SELECT IIF( 0 = '', 1, 0) I guess someone has change an ANSI option like SET ANSI_NULLS or something else that is ...
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Do natural keys provide higher or lower performance in SQL Server than surrogate integer keys?

I'm a fan of surrogate keys. There is a risk my findings are confirmation biased. Many questions I've seen both here and at http://stackoverflow.com use natural keys instead of surrogate keys ...
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'CONCAT' is not a recognized built-in function name

A client reported that they were running on SQL Server 2012, and we delivered some test queries for testing prior to a final delivery, however: 'CONCAT' is not a recognized built-in function name. ...
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SQL Server's READ COMMITTED SNAPSHOT vs SNAPSHOT

I was researching the differences between SQL Server's READ COMMITTED SNAPSHOT and SNAPSHOT isolation levels and came across the following resource: Choosing Row Versioning-based Isolation Levels ...
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Why does SQL Server 2012 Express use 9.5GB of RAM on my server?

I am building an application in which I plan to embed SQL Server 2012 Express as the primary datastore. When testing on my development machine (Win7-32 with 3GB RAM), I never observed the sqlservr....
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Is there a way to generate table create script in TSQL?

Is there a way to generate a create script from an existing table purely in T-SQL (that is without using SMO, since T-SQL does not have access to SMO). Let's say a stored procedure that receives a ...
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SET STATISTICS IO- worktable/workfile

I am executiong query, that produces plan: Statistics IO: Table 'Worktable'. Scan count 0, logical reads 0, physical reads 0, read-ahead reads 0, lob logical reads 0, lob physical reads 0, lob read-...
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Connection pools being reset with Error: 18056, Severity: 20, State: 46. & Perfmon Counters not showing

We are using SQL Authentication (to reduce the number of connection pools) & .NET 4.0 connection strings to connect to SQL Server Enterprise Edition 2012 SP1 on a Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise Server:...
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Implementing subtype of a subtype in type/subtype design pattern with mutually exclusive subclasses

Introduction In order for this question to be useful for future readers I will use the generic data model to illustrate the problem I face. Our data model consists of 3 entities, which shall be ...
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FlushCache messages appearing in log at specific times

We've been having a lot of database performance issues lately, and I've been trying to see if I can figure out why. We don't have a DBA (I'm a software developer) so I'm sort of just winging it, and ...
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What's the anatomy of a columnstore index?

One of the new features in SQL Server 2012 codenamed Denali is the Columnstore index. I know a good bit about regular old row-store indexes, like the b-tree structure, differences in storage between ...
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When to use sort_in_tempdb when rebuilding indexes?

We are debating whether to use the SORT_IN_TEMPDB option for our DW tables. My understanding is that there are more writes when using this option, although they are more sequential. We have a SAN (...
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Why does DELETE leave a lingering effect on performance?

At the end is a test script for comparing the performance between a @table variable and a #temp table. I think I've set it up correctly - the performance timings are taken outside of the DELETE/...