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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: January 2013

Small changes, big effects

We got a call last week about an application that was running slowly. The server was showing about 80% CPU utilization consistently, IO was through the roof etc. It was taking something like 15-20 seconds to log in (doesn’t seem like much unless you are used to 4 or 5).… Read more

0 comments, 1,243 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 30 January 2013

Model database

Most DBAs have at least some idea what the system databases are for. Master has the list of databases & logins, msdb is jobs and backups, tempdb is for temp tables and sorting. Obviously there is a lot more to each of these, but that is the absolute basics, and… Read more

0 comments, 923 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 28 January 2013


I just wanted to do a brief highlight of a handy little object property. For those of you who aren’t aware there are a handful of “property” functions available that can give you all sorts of information about your object, database etc. For example DATABASEPROPERTY, DATABASEPROPERTYEX, OBJECTPROPERTY, OBJECTPROPERTYEX, FILEPROPERTY etc. Read more

3 comments, 1,393 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 23 January 2013

My view isn’t reflecting changes I’ve made to the underlying tables.

Problem: You’ve added columns to the base table of one of your views, but the view isn’t reflecting the change.

Over the years I’ve seen lot’s of views created similar to this one.

	SELECT * FROM TableName

Generally the argument is that if I put “SELECT… Read more

7 comments, 3,833 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 21 January 2013

Using New Horizontal/Vertical Tab Groups

This isn’t really one of those features of SSMS that I’ve used a great deal. At least didn’t until recently. For those that don’t know, if you right-click on the tab of a query window you will get, among other things, options for a new tab group.

If you pick… Read more

9 comments, 3,218 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 14 January 2013

What port is my instance listening on?

I just had the interesting task of finding the port number that one of the instances I deal with is using. Normally this is a trivial task. I log on to the server, open up SQL Server Configuration Manager and check out the TCP/IP properties.

In this case however it’s… Read more

8 comments, 1,616 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 8 January 2013

How I like to learn a t-sql command

Recently I received a security request and realized I wasn’t comfortable in my ability to script out the t-sql commands I needed. By “comfortable” I mean I couldn’t create a login, then create the user, then add that user to a couple of roles and grant it permissions to some… Read more

9 comments, 831 reads

Posted in SQLStudies on 7 January 2013