Both system functions, Len() and DataLength(), in SQL Server are used to measure the length of the data. The main difference of those 2 is that Len() gets the string length of the data in which DataLength measures the storage length of the data.
Len always converts the input to… Read more
I blogged DBCC WritePage a year ago here http://www.sqlnotes.info/2011/11/23/dbcc-writepage/. It’s an extremely dangerous command especially with the last parameter “directORbufferpool” of this command turned on. I also showed you how to fix the page checksum here http://www.sqlnotes.info/2013/05/02/fix-page-checksum/. To protect yourself, please ensure you are operating on the database… Read more
In my last post, I demonstrated how to mount a database with missing NDF files. In the end, we still have issues removing tables created over missing files, the files are taken offline. Be cautious of taking files offline since there is no (official) way to bring it back… Read more
I wonder if you’ve had the situation that I had before where you have to attach a database with one or few missing .ndf files. It seems pretty common since I’ve just seen the same scenario at one of my clients. The reasons behind it are quite similar – They… Read more
A checksum value is tagged with every data page in SQL Server. This is used to detect issues on the storage system to ensure what has been read from the disk is what has been written to the disk. When the checksum is detected which is not the one it’s… Read more
This is a very interesting error happened in one of my clients’ databases. Their database has been running for at least 12 years without a single problem. They run DBCC CheckDB regularly to ensure the database is in healthy state until few days ago their DBA ran
DBCC CHECKTABLE with… Read more
SQL Saturday 198, http://www.sqlsaturday.com/198/ ; is coming to Vancouver Feb 16 this year. As of now, 56 sessions are collected from 30 speakers, http://www.sqlsaturday.com/198/schedule.aspx?sat=198. Curiously last night, I pulled all speakers from the list and concluded that it will be a great event this time.
- 19 SQL MVPs
We know that we need to take special attention about NULL values while writing queries because they may lead us into writing incorrect query logics. NULLs may also affect the performance of aggregation function MAX() and MIN(). I have submitted this issue to Microsoft Connect. There are number of… Read more
Inserted and deleted tables are 2 pseudo tables preseting the before and after images of modified rows. They can only be accessed from within triggers. Those two have been around for quite long time but it’s hard to find any articles to tell how they are populated. Some rumors said… Read more
Do you think it’s a good idea to add UPDLOCK hint to the table which will be modified in an update query? Many people will say NO because it seems to be redundant. But the fact is that sometime it removes deadlocks in your application.
First, let’s prepare our test… Read more
location: AppendOnlyVerStoreMgr.cpp:776 Expression: 0 SPID: 64 Process ID: 4912 Description: Cannot locate version record and page is not allocated. Status = 3 Msg 3624, Level 20, State 1, Line 1 A system assertion check has failed. Check the SQL Server error log for details. Typically, an assertion failure is caused…
Quite often people need to write a new T-SQL application to replace an existing one for various reasons. For instance, Existing report is generated by a complex T-SQL procedure which pulls data from OLTP directly. The performance of the procedre is poor since everything is calculated while report is running.… Read more
With Snapshot (read committed snapshot and snapshot isolation level) enabled, when data reading on a table takes place, if any records are being modified at the same time, the data will be read from the rows in version store rather than wait until data modification complete. Such behavior lets prgrammers… Read more
I run into a bug recently with SQL Server 2012. I believe this exists in SQL Server 2008 as well. When a TVP is passed to a SQL function/procedure/script through an CLR function, the second execution will cause error which will be written to SQL Server log — Process x… Read more
DBCC WritePage is a dangerous undocumented DBCC command. It’s useful in your sandbox to change data, crash objects, and do some fun things you may think of. But never ever use it in your productions. Using DBCC WritePage command is at your own risk. . I will give you demos… Read more