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Patrick Keisler is a Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft with over 15 years of SQL Server experience working in various fields such as financial, healthcare, and government. He currently holds two MCITP certifications in SQL Server 2008. You can follow him on Twitter or listen to him speak at various SQL Saturdays and user group meetings.

Archives: November 2012

How to Use xp_delete_file to Purge Old Backup Files

Continuing on my recent trend of using undocumented stored procedures, this week I thought we can cover using xp_delete_file to purge old backup files from a folder.  This is stored procedure used by the maintenance plans to clean up old backup files, but it makes for a handy purge tool…

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Posted in Everyday SQL on 21 November 2012

How to Use xp_dirtree to List All Files in a Folder

UPDATED -- Dec 31, 2012 -- Be sure to read Part 2 of this post discussing xp_dirtree.

Last week I blogged about how to use an undocumented stored procedures to create folders.  This week we need to do the opposite.  We need to get a list of all files…

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Posted in Everyday SQL on 13 November 2012

Dynamically Create a Folder for Each Database

If you're a DBA like me then you're probably pretty detail-oriented and like to keep things very organized.  For example, when doing database backups, I like to have a specific folder structure to hold the backup files for each database.  See below:


D:\Backup\Server\Instance\MyDb1
D:\Backup\Server\Instance\MyDb2
D:\Backup\Server\Instance\MyDb3

In order to make this…

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Posted in Everyday SQL on 6 November 2012