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Born SQL with Randolph West

Randolph West solves technology problems with a focus on SQL Server and C#. He is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP who has worked with SQL Server since the late 1990s. When not consulting, he can be seen acting on the stage and screen or doing voices for independent video games.

Archives: October 2018

String or binary data would be truncated: get the full picture in SQL Server 2017

SQL Server 2019 Preview (CTP 2.0) introduced a long-awaited improvement to an error message that’s been around in SQL Server for many years, but was unhelpful: [crayon-5c1005e6d9da1563346217/] Thanks for nothing, error message. Which table? Which column? What data? This is how the error message looks now: [crayon-5c1005e6d9da4275687588/] Notice how the… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 31 October 2018

Create a slipstream installer for SQL Server on Windows

Since the release of SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 in April 2009, it has been possible to install SQL Server with media that includes the latest patches, whether they be Service Packs (for SQL Server 2016 and prior), Cumulative Updates, and even hotfixes. There was the hint of a… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 24 October 2018

Fix SQL Server with one click

Tempting headline, isn’t it? It might even seem like clickbait, but that’s not the intention. The SQL Server default configuration is not recommended for production environments, and yet I have worked on many production environments that have been set up by people who don’t know that the default configurations are… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 17 October 2018

Changes to the SQL Server servicing model (Cumulative Updates)

On Monday of this week, Microsoft announced changes to the servicing model for SQL Server, starting with SQL Server 2017. From today onward, we can expect to see the following during the first five years after release (known as Mainstream Support): One Cumulative Update per month for the first twelve… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 10 October 2018

What is a DBA anyway?

Some time ago we started a new series here, called Database Fundamentals. The very first post in that series asked what a database is. One of the major announcements at Ignite last month was that of SQL Server 2019 preview and major improvements to Azure SQL Database, Microsoft’s on-premises and… Read more

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Posted in Born SQL with Randolph West on 3 October 2018