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My name is Kenneth Fisher and I am Senior DBA for a large (multi-national) insurance company. I have been working with databases for over 20 years starting with Clarion and Foxpro. I’ve been working with SQL Server for 12 years but have only really started “studying” the subject for the last 3. I don’t have any real "specialities" but I enjoy trouble shooting and teaching. Thus far I’ve earned by MCITP Database Administrator 2008, MCTS Database Administrator 2005, and MCTS Database Developer 2008. I’m currently studying for my MCITP Database Developer 2008 and should start in on the 2012 exams next year. My blog is at www.sqlstudies.com.

Archives: November 2012

Creating an empty table from a SELECT statement

I’m in the middle of reading a good book on DMVs, “SQL Server DMVs in Action” http://www.manning.com/stirk by Ian W. Stirk. In it he points out that you can create a temporary table from a query and use it to store the data from multiple runs of the query. This… Read more

10 comments, 4,565 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 26 November 2012

CTEs beyond SELECT

The other day I was writing a query to pull some DMV information and I ended up using several CTEs in my query before I was done. My plan was to dump the information into a table to process it further. I’m used to just throwing an INSERT INTO command… Read more

5 comments, 1,942 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 20 November 2012

Looping through multiple servers in SSIS Part 3

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve set up a SSIS package that will loop through a group of servers and export the list of databases to a central location. I used a Foreach Item Enumerator to list the servers but honestly those require a bit too much maintenance for… Read more

10 comments, 2,370 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 15 November 2012

Time Trial sys.dm_exec_query_plan vs sys.dm_exec_sql_text

I’ve been working on a way to test performance usage on a server by database. I started out using sys.dm_exec_query_stats since it has every statistic I wanted. Unfortunately it doesn’t contain the database id which makes it rather difficult to split the data out by database. This lead me to… Read more

3 comments, 1,675 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 12 November 2012

Looping through multiple servers in SSIS part 2

Last week I posted a quick example of looping through multiple servers using SSIS and being in a bit of a hurry I didn’t really finish. Last time I created the loop and got it working, but didn’t do anything with it. So this time I’m going to demonstrate using… Read more

3 comments, 2,705 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 9 November 2012

A review of Knight’s 24-Hour Trainer Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services

About three years ago my manager came up to me and said “We need someone to learn SSIS, you’re it.”  So I started with my favorite approach.  I picked a project, in this case monitoring backups on multiple servers, and then developed it using the new (to me) technology.  This… Read more

1 comments, 1,160 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 7 November 2012