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Implementation and contraindications for OPTIMIZE_FOR_SEQUENTIAL_KEY

SQL Server 2019 CTP3.1 introduced an optimization to address last-page insert contention. This takes the form of an index option called OPTIMIZE_FOR_SEQUENTIAL_KEY. One imagines this could be an ...
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Splitting Snapshot files with MaxBCPThreads for Transactional Replication

I've just set up a publication, and I'm attempting to get the snapshot to apply faster. So far the Distribution Agent is respecting the MaxBCPThreads settings, but the Snapshot Agent is not. I'm ...
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Use LDAP for name look up with Oracle Instant Client

Partly as a result of having problems with conflicting versions or bitness with the full installation of Oracle client, my development team (of which I'm a member) has been moving towards using Oracle ...
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UPDATE STATISTICS options fail in Amazon RDS SQL Server

In Amazon RDS SQL Server (any version/edition), create a temp table and update statistics on it. This works fine: IF OBJECT_ID('tempdb..#t') IS NOT NULL DROP TABLE #t; GO CREATE TABLE #t (id INT ...
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HADR high worker thread usage

Why would an availability group's number of worker threads in an HADR pool increase well beyond minimum usage of "typically, there are 3–10 shared threads" per replica? In one case we've observed ...
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What cases benefit from the Reduce, Replicate, and Redistribute join hints?

The From Clause Documentation starting with SQL Server 2008 briefly mention 3 join hints and their basic mechanisms: Reduce Replicate Redistribute However there does not seem to be much information ...
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Do I need a “downtime” to update a stored procedure? (Due to “definition changed” error)

I always thought that updating a stored procedure was something I could do while users were actively using the system. But I am currently testing out an update to a stored procedure and while a long ...
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Why does RDS PostgreSQL always recover on restart?

I am running an RDS instance of PostgreSQL 9.6.3: select version(); returns PostgreSQL 9.6.3 on x86_64-pc-linux-gnu [...]. I have found that after issuing a stop from the RDS console followed by a ...
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Why does CAST(1 AS SIGNED INTEGER) return a BIGINT on MySQL?

If I do CAST(1 AS SIGNED INTEGER) I always end up getting a BIGINT returned, for example: $ mysql -u root -p --column-type-info Enter password: --- Copyright and help message snipped for brevity --- ...
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Database Stuck 'In Recovery' with command XTP_DB_RECOVERY

We recently converted a table to memory optimized data. Our backups have all ballooned (3x300GB files to 3x600GB files for Full, 3x50GB to 3x250GB for Diffs), and startup has been getting ...
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Constant Scan applying

This question is continuation of optimizer behavior exploration in regard to VALUES construct started here and here. I want to ask about VALUES and APPLY this time. Using CROSS APPLY to alias an ...
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SQL Server 2016 & 2017 Force Plan failing with reason 8695

I'm trying to force a plan using query store but it keeps failing with reason 8695 according to data in SYS.QUERY_STORE_PLAN the last_force_failure_reason_desc is 'General_Failure'. Does anyone know ...
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Cardinality estimation on tables with large cardinality variance between keys

Context I have stumbled on an issue in SQL Azure where the Sort-operator is spilling over into TempDB due to poor row estimates. We are querying a master table that is joined with a number of detail ...
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Foreign Key with a Constant

Let's say I have a table A, that has two columns: one is an ID for ThingA, and one is an ID for ThingB. The primary key is (ThingA, ThingB). Next, I have a second table, but this time it's restricted ...
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Convert query in words to relational algebra

I have a follow-up question to a question I have previously asked on SO. Instead of the query from my initial question, I want to convert the following into relational algebra: List the names and ...

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