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Cause of High Disk Queue Length in SQL Server

I have a fairly high-throughput application that occasionally decides to collapse on me. It's not very often - about once every ~3 weeks or so. When it does, if I check out perfmon, I see 100% "Avg. ...
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Setting up users and admins with schema privileges

I currently have a database that is split into two schemas: data and ref. I have two database roles named Users and Admins. Users need to be able to INSERT, SELECT, UPDATE, and DELETE from the data ...
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Associate a piece of data with a session

I think I want to associate a piece of data with each session. The association must have the following properties: The data being associated is provided either as a part of connection string (if ...
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Is Index causing timeouts?

Recently, while fine tuning the db for better perf, I changed a couple of indexes on tables which were hit very often. I am using the following query to keep tab on index stats SELECT DISTINCT ...
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Stored Procedure doesn't show result in SQL Server

I have created a stored procedure (to be used in SSRS) that has parameters whose values are more than one. When I execute this stored procedure in SSMS by providing the values for that parameter, SP ...
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How to design database for tree view with an infinite depth

I am trying to combine C# and SQL2005 for an application which need to have tree view control. One of user requests is to that tree view can user friendly grow into infinite dept of child nodes. That ...
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Few Questions about SSAS Cubes

I am newbie to SSAS 2012 and here are my questions: Can we have measures of complex types (table)? Is it possible to order the results by a specific measure or attribute? My cube can be modeled as ...
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Does SQL profiler affect server performance?

I am facing a problem where the sql server 2008 fails for some high load. I need to find that load case and need to optimize the code so that it can handle the load. I have found on the internet that ...
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removing group by clause with SUM

So lets say I have a table, MyBigTable that has student scores of an examination. So lets say the structure looks something like id name school board exam_partA_score exam_partB_score Then I need ...
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How to consolidate script duplication?

I just want to know how you deal with long scripts and redundant information. Here is an example: Suppose you have three tables: table1, table2, and sometable. And you have SELECT id = 1 org =...
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Relationship with a default value

Firstly, I know my title is somewhat misleading, but I couldn't think of a better title. Here is my current relationship CREATE TABLE Events ( ID INT IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL, Name NVARCHAR(...
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Converting RTF in a text column to plain text in bulk

I have a legacy system with about 10 million rows in a table. In that table there is a column of type text, most of them are standard text but about 500 thousand rows have RTF markup in them. I need ...
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Is it OK to create hundreds of databases in SQL Azure versus one big one and run the risk of deadlocking

I need to create highly scalable solution - where field devices in thousands of sites are delivering data in real time to a back end system, and SQL Azure seems to fit the bill nicely in terms of ...
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After dropping the clustered index, it is still attempting to do a clustered insert [closed]

I am trying to convert data from one database system to another. One of the tables I need to transfer and format contains over 10 million rows. I am running the following script to do it: USE [...
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Memory utilization per database - SQL Server

I am trying to find the memory utilization per database(using dmvs) in a sql server instance, ie (Buffer Cache + Procedure Cache) over a period of time. I have the query to get the buffer cache ...
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Which PowerShell technique should I use to talk to SQL Server?

I'd ultimately like to use PowerShell to replace the old KornShell scripts we use for SQL instance monitors. I'm having a hard time, though, getting my brain around all the different ways that ...
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Hosting ASP.Net session database on same same instance as the user database?

We have a web farm using SQL Server sessions. We are seeing occasional timeouts connecting to the session DB even though overall utilization is low. The ASPState session database is on the same ...
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Looking for example design of using an SQL database as a queue for throttling web service requests of multiple users

I'm designing a system for multiple users to queue their requests to a web service which takes requests such as creating new entries, changing entries, requesting data. Many of the web service calls ...
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Who is the original author/creator that took the time to fill/create Northwind SQL server sample database? [closed]

I've used it before, but I never really seen any documentation in SQL server pointing to who actually created it. Is it a person, a group of people? Did Microsoft create it? Who??
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Can Availability Groups replace transactional replication?

I've been looking at the new features of SQL Server 2012, and how it can help my current situation. Currently we're on SQL Server 2008 R2, and replicate two OLTP servers' databases to a single ...
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In a CASE Statement, which is faster: “WHEN [field] in (0)” or “WHEN [field] = 0”?

I'm looking at a stored proc that another guy has written and every WHEN clause is using an IN statement instead of =. My gut tells me this isn't as fast, efficient, etc. For example: CASE WHEN a....
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Is it possible to do a ALL SERVER DML Trigger?

My department works on converting a client's database when a client switches from another company to us. We have a RDP session they can connect to and see our software with their data. Once they ...
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Clarify - Need to add Multiple foreign key constraints

I am not sure if I am thinking about this process the wrong way. Just to Surmise if I create a table(TeamList) whose sole purpose is to capture the coaches team list of players and positions for a ...
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View foreign key constraints so I can delete a table

I have copied a database I was working on so I could change some key elements of its design for my new version. I want to delete totally some tables from the database however I cannot due to some ...
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Write Access Client App for SQL Server 2005 Backend [closed]

I'm writing an inventory/payroll system, and I'm storing all the records on a remote server running SQL Server 2005 on Windows Server 2008 R2. I was wondering how I could start writing forms(very ...
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Why do I see sp_OACreate, sp_OASetProperty in sp_WhoIsActive?

I've seen this happen a few times: sp_WhoIsActive shows various sp_OA% sprocs, with my user name, but I'm certainly not running them directly. Does this reflect some kind of query rewrite process? ...
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Including clustered index key in non-clustered index

We're running SQL Server 2008. In looking over the results of a query I ran on sys.dm_db_missing_index_* views, I see a curious suggestion for an included column. I have the following two tables: ...
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Anybody using HierarchyId in production? Is it reliable?

Is anybody using HierarchyId in real production with tables of reasonable size, more than a few thousand rows? Is it reliable/performant? So far I have not found anyone not affiliated with the vendor ...
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Do I really need to keep .LDF files?

Each month we make an end of month snapshot of our production database. These month end snapshots are strictly for reporting purposes, there are no inserts, updates or deletes ever done on them. Each ...
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SQL Backups - Full vs Differential vs Log Shipping

I'm looking to refine our SQL backups utilizing Full, Differential, and Log Shipping. Currently, I am only performing full backups once at night. This process is taking so long that it is running ...
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When is it OK to shrink a Database?

I know shrink is the devil: It reverses page order and is responsible for skin cancer, data fragmentation, and global warming. The list goes on... That being said, say I have a 100 GB database and I ...
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Index Strategies on Text or NVARCHAR(MAX) Fields

I have the following query (simplified for question) I'm trying to speed up for a read only DB ... SELECT [sysid] ,[Date]=CONVERT(CHAR, DATEADD(D, [date], '1800-12-28'),101) ,[From]=[from_addr] ...
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Optimizing queries against a set of tables that contain partitioned data

I have a third party program that creates and populates a series of tables to hold some historical data: data_33 -- contains data for 12/01/11 - 12/05/11 data_34 -- contains data for 12/05/11 - 12/14/...
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SQL Server 2008 R2 on Windows 7 x64 Professional - what are the downsides?

I need to minimize the cost of the platform, that will run SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition. I have a special licensed version of this SQL server to work with like 20 users (it's an 1C special ...
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How do you ensure accuracy of your query

I am have a table with about 100,000 rows. Lets suppose the primary key is some sequence of numbers like a barcode for example. I am doing checks like SELECT count(*) FROM TABLE WHERE LEFT(Barcode,...
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What are the limitations of Toad for SQL Server freeware? [closed]

I just downloaded the freeware version of Toad for SQL Server. Toad's download site says: "the Freeware edition has certain limitations, and is not intended to be used as a TRIAL for the Commercial ...
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ETL: extraction strategy for 200 source databases

What is the best extraction strategy for approximately 200 SQL Server 2005 source databases (same schema) for a daily load into a staging area in preparation for data warehouse cleansing, de-...
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Returning a result set with multiple rows based on max date

I have a child table that is something like this: [Cust Date Table] | Customer ID | Some Date | Balance | +-------------+------------+---------+ | 1 | 2012-04-30 | 20.00 | | 1 ...
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Weak entity and one-one or many-many relationship

In Entity Relationship Model, can the supporting (or identifying) relationships of the weak entities be many-many or one-one rather than many-one? Suppose I have a customer entity (C), a video entity ...
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How to add a user with access to a single view?

I'm working with MSSQL Server Management Studio 2008 and I need to expose a view to a third party for their data reconciliation. I have created the appropriate view but I'm having trouble creating a ...
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Changing Query Results?

I have a query that I am running and I just noticed that every time I run it, it is returning a different amount of records (usually less by 1 or 2 rows). My question is how can this be possible? I am ...
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What is a parse tree object?

I have looked into sys.syscachedobjects table. I found some records have an object type of parsetree. Can anyone tell me in detail what a parsetree is? Is this a data structure used by SQL Server, ...
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Backup database and clean old backup question

Right now we have a maintenance plan which looks like this: backup all databases clean old backups (> 24 hours) This job runs every day. Every now and then this script crashes during backup step so ...
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Will altering order of columns in GROUP BY affect performance?

I have a SQL query like this: SELECT A, B, (CASE WHEN C=0 THEN 0 ELSE 1 END), COUNT(D) FROM SomeTable GROUP BY A, B, (CASE WHEN C=0 THEN 0 ELSE 1 END) On a huge dataset the actual execution plan ...
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Automatically Execute Stored Procedure After Any RESTORE DATABASE Event

Is it possible to have SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard automatically execute a stored procedure in any given database that is restored or attachced to the instance? I've got close to a solution by ...
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How do I count rows with two properties in one index scan in SQL?

I have a table Units where I have rows ItemId, ItemCreationDate, ItemUnitsCount. ItemId is a primary key and I have a clustered index over it. I need to output the following: for each day I need to ...
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database connection time expired issue

I have a server machine and four client machine for database connectivity. I installed sqlexpress 2008 in server and one machine and all remaining systems, they have connected the database through ...
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Greater than operator ignoring a nonclustered index?

I have a pretty simple query in SQL 2008 R2 and I have a nonclustered index on the "sDate" datetime column. When I look at the execution plan for the following query it seeks the nonclustered index. ...
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When should you specify PAD_INDEX?

So, you can use FILLFACTOR to leave space in leaf index pages. Specifying PAD_INDEX also leaves space in intermediate nodes. What scenarios should you specify PAD_INDEX, and what benefit does it ...
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Restoring SQL DB from down SQL Server (on domain) to existing SQL server (not on domain)

If and when my SQL server goes down and takes too long to get back up, can I restore my DB on another SQL server and run my software from there (I can point which SQL server to run from)? Will all ...