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Dharmendra is a SQL Server/Microsoft Data Platform professional with over eight years of experience. He enjoys helping others in the SQL Server community and does this by contributing on blogs, speaking at several SQL events. His passion and focus is to explore and share more and more on SQL Server.

Archives: February 2018

New Built-in Function STRING_AGG() – SQL Server 2017

SQL Server 2017 introduces a set of useful functions like STRING_AGG(), STRING_SPLIT(), TRIM()… and many more. In this tip, I am going to discuss one of the built-in aggregate functions – “STRING_AGG()”.

The function concatenates values from rows as one value with a separator, and the main advantage is it… Read more

2 comments, 1,262 reads

Posted in SQL Geek on 28 February 2018

Who installed SQL Server?

Recently, I was working with the team and got stuck up with SQL Server Installation information. We got an urgent requirement to patch the physical box from Windows team.

As the server was not in production, so the server entry was missing. Since Windows team wanted to take action on… Read more

2 comments, 1,028 reads

Posted in SQL Geek on 27 February 2018

Change the name of master database files – SQL Server on Linux

In my recent blog, I discussed about how to move master database to another location. One of the readers requested to blog about renaming the master database files. So, we are going to explore step by step process of renaming the files in this blog.

Change the name of…

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0 comments, 593 reads

Posted in SQL Geek on 26 February 2018

How to Move Master Database to Another Location – SQL Server On Linux

With the release of SQL Server 2017 CU4, you can use the mssql-conf utility to move the master database file to another location. By default, master database is located at the location /var/opt/mssql/dataNow, if you want to change the location of master database file to a different location,… Read more

0 comments, 1,520 reads

Posted in SQL Geek on 23 February 2018

Capture SQL Server Reported Errors using Extended Events

In my introduction to Extended Events blog, I mentioned that the xEvent is my favorite toy for performance troubleshooting. This blog may make you to start playing with it. In this tip, I will be discussing how you can find what caused SQL Server to write error in the… Read more

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Posted in SQL Geek on 20 February 2018