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Error restoring SQL differential database files

Occasionally I'm having problems restoring DB differentials. I'm getting the error "the differential backup cannot be restored because the database has not been restored to correct earlier state." ...
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How do you kick users out of a SQL Server 2008 database?

We need to do a restore, and cannot because other users are connected. We thought we had disconnected every process, but apparently not. How can we, from Management Studio, kick off everyone else so ...
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Grouping results to get unique rows after multiple joins

this is my first question on dba.stackexchange, hopefully it will be worth it. I am usually a bit more active on Stackoverflow as I am a developer. disclaimer : I don't have full control over the db ...
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SQL Server 2008 R2 - Error 18456 State 12 - nothing I find helps me

First off let me state that I'm not a DBA, I don't have access to a DBA, I'm just a programmer who has to get a CMS working. I'm generally pretty good at getting random servers working, but this is ...
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Migrating or Synchronizing SSAS Changes

Assume you have 2 SSAS databases, DB1 and DB2, that are identical. Now they branch off. Changes A and B are made to DB1 and changes C and D are made to DB2. Is there an easy method to migrate ...
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Export data into word documents

My boss has a kindle and likes to save a lot of stuff to his clippings. Currently I'm going through and cutting out each clipping and pasting it into a seperate word document with the title of the ...
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Does SQL Server read all of a COALESCE function even if the first argument is not NULL?

I'm using a T-SQL COALESCE function where the first argument will not be null on about 95% of the times it is ran. If the first argument is NULL, the second argument is quite a lengthy process: ...
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Attach SQL Server 2008 R2 on SQL Server Express 2008

I have a database on SQL Server 2008 R2. I want to attach it on a SQL Server Express 2008 instance running on Windows 2003. I set the SQL server compatibility level on the database to SQL Server ...
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sql script repository [closed]

I am a fresh DBA just being promoted, I am looking for few good sites which constains T-sql Scripts for DBA tasks. Is there a common place from where you can get a collection scripts to perform ...
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Unable to BackUp Database on SQL2005

I have a database in MS SQL2005 that I can not backup. Whenever I try to create a backup of the selected database through SQL Mgm studio I get this error: The Backup of full-text catalog in not ...
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Why is 'Allow Snapshot Isolation' set to TRUE on the master and msdb databases?

Why is the database property Allow Snapshot Isolation set to TRUE on the master and msdb databases, but FALSE on other system databases? The default option for this property is also FALSE when ...
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Recent Queries in SQL Server 2005

I'm using a PHP web application to interact with a database and need to catch an erroneous query. It's dynamically generated SQL and I don't know 100% of the code nor did I write it so I need to see ...
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Using the name of a table contained in a column of another table?

I have a table called MyTable with varchar columns named SourceID and ReferenceID, where SourceID contains a table name and ReferenceID contains a key value for the source table. Is it possible in a ...
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Full Text Search in SQL 2008

When I attempt to search in the full-text catalog which is my created earlier, I haven't been finding any word within database. For example: My word: Where CONTAINSTABLE(TABLO,*,' "*Where*" ') ...
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Testing stored procedure scalability

I have an email application that will be called upon to deliver to the UI the number of new messages for a given user on each page load. I have a few variations of things I am testing on the DB level ...
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What system information is stored in the primary file in SQL Server?

Suppose I have created a new database in SQL Server with a file group FG1 and marked this as the default. All my user tables etc are now created in FG1. However I also created a file that is part of ...
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How much memory is needed to keep a table cached? (SQL Server 2008)

I run long and complex queries which mostly use one big table - 8GB, 40M rows. AFAIK, all/most rows are used in each query. I'm seeing lots of IO in the activity monitor - for the first query and for ...
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Why is SSMS inserting new rows at the top of a table not the bottom?

Whenever I manually insert a row into a table in SQL Server Management Studio 2008 (the database is SQL Server 2005) my new row appears at the TOP of the list rather than the bottom. I'm using ...
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Workload analysis before migration

Does anybody have a recommendation on which performance counters to collect and/or templates to use on the profiler before migrating SQL databases? The purpose is to evaluate the workload and make ...
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Set permissions on all objects for SQL users

I have a procedure that loops through all objects in the database and assigns them proper permissions to that object. I want to know if there is a better way to do this? I use a model database to ...
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Best Practice for Folder strucure?

I don't like my data files in C:\Program Files... , especially with a new system that has a smallish SSD as C: which holds mainly the operating system. So on a recent install I put my data files into ...
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Database backups

I have 10gb RDBMS (SQL Server). I would like to back it up as often as possible, but it seems that I will need an awful lot of space to make this happen on the order of several times per day. How ...
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how to turn off delimiters in generated SQL scripts for data types in SQL Server Management Studio

We are a software engineering firm. We use SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) to generate the few scripts we need to build and upgrade our databases. While it does an OK job, it bugs me that it ...
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What's the difference between Linked Server solution and SSIS solution?

When I want to move data between two databases (e.g source: Oracle, destination: SQL Server), I think I have two options: Linked Server and SQL Server Integration Services. But is there any benefit ...
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Why Clustered Index property is enabled on few columns and not on others?

I heard that there can be only one Clustered Index? I may be wrong, but I am sure I read somewhere. In one of my SQL Server 2005 table, I have following columns: SerialNum ------- BigInt -------- ...
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Why SQL Server replication related jobs do not show up under the jobs folder in SSMS?

I found some SQL Server replication-related jobs that do not show up under the jobs folder in SSMS. Can anybody explain why this is, please? Thanks.
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Is there a need to keep refreshing the indexes from time-to-time?

This question is common for all the database products I use, viz. SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle and PostgreSQL. I have created a fresh database and the tables, at present, have no records. I have created ...
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Replication : Which subscription changed a row

Is it possible to query the replication metadata to see which subscription caused a change to a specific row in a table?
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DB Integrity Check Lock Database

Hi all i'm using The Integrity Check script from http://ola.hallengren.com to check through my database of roughly 65 million records. I was just wondering if this will lock my database? In terms of ...
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SQL query to convert columns into rows

I have a table as shown below.My question is:How can I convert columns into rows?BTW,I'm using Microsoft SQL Server 2005. my input Data ONAY_ID sip_RECno KULLANICI ONAY 1 1 ...
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How to get the foreign and primary key details for a table in SQL Server 2008

I would like to use 2 queries, one that lists all the foreign keys for a given table with the following information Schema name, foreign table name and the other that lists all the primary keys. Is ...
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Grouping stock in 6 month ranges

I have been pulling the total stock within the first 6 months. How can I pull the total stock within the last 6 months in the same query? Also I want the result of the query as shown below: Stock ...
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Which workarounds exists to missing relative path feature of SQLCMD :r?

I'm not the first to notice the lack of this feature. But I wonder if there are some useful workarounds. I want to deploy a main script and some depended scripts in the same folder. BTW Is there a ...
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What is an advantage or disadvantage for not upgrading database server?

I have a legacy database server. The person who wrote it is long gone. There is no documentation at all just some comments in the code. Luckily, it is not that complicate but if I want to fix it (...
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What makes an OLTP database an OLTP database?

This is a pretty broad question. I know the definition of OLTP. But it seems like unless you have an environment that has a clear distinction between OLTP and OLAP, in the sense of a database that ...
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Writing a simple bank schema: How should I keep my balances in sync with their transaction history?

I am writing the schema for a simple bank database. Here are the basic specifications: The database will store transactions against a user and currency. Every user has one balance per currency, so ...
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Indexing of Data Warehouse tables?

Maybe I have misunderstood something but I can recall reading an article which said that there is no reason to create non-clustered indexes on very large data warehousing tables? That is because ...
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ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE question

I'm trying to compare data from two systems. The basic idea is: Create Temp Table. Insert Table1 Data. Insert Table2 data (Table a linked, remote server) with UNIQUE Ids respected. Filter where first ...
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What would cause the speed difference between servers?

I have this query on my dev server: select snStudyNumber as ProjectNumber from CDB.cdb.Quotes q inner join CDB.cdb.LineItems l on q.PK_quID=l.FK_quID inner join CDB.cdb....
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Backup Compression in SQL Server 2005

I noticed that simply zipping my backup files reduces the space used by 70% My idea was to, initially, backup the databases to a local server; then, using Bacula or Cobian (I don't have a budget), ...
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Upgrading Instances with Mirroring

If you want to upgrade or install a patch on two separate instances that house both the principal and mirrored database, how can you go about that? If the database that is being mirrored needs to be ...
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Changing Domain on SQL Server

I currently have some SQL Servers that sit on a sub-domain. We are eliminating that sub-domain and moving everything to the regular domain. As far as SQL Server configuration goes, is there anything ...
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Minimum requirements to run Sql Server BCP.exe utility

I am working with a client who needs to do a data import to a remote SQL Server (2008) instance. The machine that the import will be done from cannot have SQL Server installed on it. Can the BCP.exe ...
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What is an industry standard method for verifying openquery connection is open prior to running queries?

I'm a programmer, but this question is more specifically related to databases so I'm posting it among this community. It could very well cross over into stackoverflow as well. I'm seeking an ...
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How to drop multiple tables with common prefix in one query?

I'm using Microsoft SQL Server 2008.My question is:How to drop multiple tables with common prefix in one query? something like that table names: LG_001_01_STLINE, LG_001_02_STFICHE
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How to know when/if I have too many indexes?

Running Microsoft SQL Server Profiler every now and then, it suggests me with a bunch of new indexes and statistics to create ("...97% estimated improvement..."). From my understanding every added ...
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How does table compression affect SQL Server's buffer pool?

I'm curious as to how SQL Server's buffer pool is affected by compressed data tables. Is the data in memory compressed, just as it is on disk, or is it fully decompressed? If the data is stored ...
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How can I backup & restore a single FILEGROUP in Sql Server 2008

Previously, on ServerFault I asked a question about backing up and restoring a Sql Server 2008 Filegroup. Today, when I tried to RESTORE one of these FILEGROUP backups, I got the following error:- ...
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Data Model For Summarizing Student Info

I work for a school district and one of the many things the admin wants to know is how many tardies a student has for a given time frame. I could certainly go retrieve the count from the attendance ...
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Resource Waits: Mathematical link between Wait Time and Average Waiter Count

Just curious, per BOL Wait Time (ms/sec) is the wait time in milliseconds for all tasks waiting for one or more resources in the category since last update. Average Waiter Count is the number of ...